Turkey’s parliament last week voted down a U.S. request to use that nation as a staging area for a northern front in the potential war against Iraq, but some Turkish officials are pushing the parliament to reconsider. A multibillion-dollar economic aid package that includes textile and apparel trade breaks remains up for grabs. The delay has stranded U.S. ships loaded with military equipment off the coast of Turkey — the U.S.’s 12th-largest supplier of textiles and apparel. In 2002, apparel and textile imports from Turkey rose 22.6 percent to 1.68 billion square meters equivalent and represented a 2.8 percent share of the U.S. import market.

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