March 9, 2011
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Turkish Company Karsan
For Ending its Business in Iran
New York, NY - United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauds Turkish automaker Karsan Otomotiv ("Karsan") for ending its business in Iran. UANI further applauds Karsan for pledging to refrain from business in Iran until the Iranian regime fulfills its international obligations related to its illegal nuclear program.
On January 5, 2011, UANI called on New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to refuse to award the lucrative contract for the Taxi of Tomorrow campaign to any company that conducts business in Iran. The Taxi of Tomorrow campaign is a competition designed to select New York City's exclusive taxi cab for the upcoming decade. UANI called on two finalists, Japan's Nissan Motor Company and Karsan to end their business in Iran.
In response to UANI's call, Karsan and UANI entered into extensive discussions. At the conclusion of these discussions, Karsan demonstrated that it had withdrawn from Iran and committed to foregoing any business in Iran until such time as Iran fulfills its obligations to the international community related to its illegal nuclear program.
Responding to Karsan's declaration, UANI President, Ambassador Mark D. Wallace, said:
We applaud Karsan for its commitment to not do business in Iran until Iran ends its illegal nuclear program. UANI commends Karsan for its leadership and UANI calls on all Turkish companies to follow Karsan's important lead.
Doing business in Iran runs directly counter to global security. We wish Karsan the best of luck in the Taxi of Tomorrow competition and we call on Mayor Bloomberg to consider Karsan's strong action in the award of the Taxi of Tomorrow contract.
UANI renews its call on Nissan to end its irresponsible business dealings in Iran.
Karsan, Turkey's "only multi-branded commercial vehicle producer," builds vehicles for such brands as Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, and Hyundai, and is headquartered in Bursa, Turkey.
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