Cablegate: Turkey: Names, Title, and Contact Numbers For

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190857Z Apr 04





E.O. 12958: N/A


1. (SBU) Below is Mission's response to reftel regarding
updated contact information for senior Turkish officials
(April 16, 2004).

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prime Minister
Comment: Erdogan does not speak English.
To reach the P.M., contact one of the officials listed below:
(a) Chief Foreign Policy Advisor Ambassador Ender Arat
Office: 90 312 419 5463 or 90 312 419 5714
Cell: 90 533 520 3739
Comment: Amb. Arat speaks English.
(b) Foreign Policy Advisor Hakan Olcay
Office: 90 312 419 5463 or 90 312 419 5714
Fax: 90 312 419 1547
Comment: Olcay speaks English.
(c) Chief Advisor Ahmet Davutoglu
Office: 90 312 419 1559
Comment: Davutoglu speaks English.
(d) Prime Ministry Undersecretary Omer Dincer
Office: 90 312 425 0493
Comment: Dincer speaks English.
(e) Chief of Cabinet Hikmet Bulduk
Office: 90 312 419 5896
Cell: 90 533 743 6105
Switchboard (operates 24 hrs.): 90 312 419 5896
Comment: Bulduk speaks English.
(f) Foreign Policy Advisor and M.P. Egemen Bagis
Office: 90 312 420 5908
Cell: 90 533 357 4815 or 90 505 777 9363
Comment: Bagis, who acts as P.M.'s interpreter, speaks
excellent English.

Ahmet Necdet Sezer
Comment: Sezer does not speak English.
In order to reach Sezer, contact his Chief of Cabinet and
Foreign Policy Advisor, Amb. Sermet Atacanli.
Office: 90 312 468 5036
Switchboard (operates 24 hrs.): 90 312 470 1111
Comment: Amb. Atacanli speaks English.

Abdullah Gul
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister
Comment: Gul speaks English.
To reach Gul, contact one of the following:
(a) Special Advisor Gurcan Turkoglu
Office: 90 312 287 1448
Comment: Turkoglu speaks English.
(b) Chief of Cabinet Mehmet Samsar
Office: 90 312 292 1168
Comment: Samsar speaks English.
(c) MFA switchboard can be reached 24 hrs. at 90 312 292 1000.
(d) After 1800 an MFA duty officer can be reached at
90 312 292 1087.

Ugur Ziyal
MFA Undersecretary
Office: 90 312 287 1660 or 90 312 287 1661
Cell: 90 532 457 5681
Comment: Ziyal, who speaks excellent English, is our key
interlocutor on a host of issues.

Abdulkadir Aksu
Minister of Interior
To reach Aksu, contact his Chief of Cabinet Ahmet Altiparmak.
Office: 90 312 418 1368 or 90 312 425 4080 (24 hrs.)
Comment: Aksu, who does not speak English, is one of our
most important interlocutors on terrorism issues.

Ali Babacan
State Minister for the Economy
Office (Chief of Cabinet Mustafa Rumeli): 90 312 212 8056
Comment: Babacan speaks English.

General Hilmi Ozkok
Chief, Turkish General Staff
Office: 90 312 418 2692
Aides: Colonel Sungu 90 312 402 1002
Major Nuri 90 312 402 1007
Comment: Ozkok speaks English.

General Ilker Basbug
Deputy Chief, Turkish General Staff
Office: 90 312 402 1080
Comment: Basbug speaks English.

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