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Cablegate: Blue Lantern: Verifying Bona Fides of Registered

VZCZCXYZ0010
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHAK #1685 3271505
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 231505Z NOV 09
FM AMEMBASSY ANKARA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 1305
INFO RUEHAK/USDAO ANKARA TU
RUEUITH/ODC ANKARA TU

UNCLAS ANKARA 001685

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR PM/DTCC

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KOMC ETTC TU
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN: VERIFYING BONA FIDES OF REGISTERED
BROKER ISMAIL TURGUT - CASE NO. K-2297

REF: SECSTATE 99610

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: We visited Pegasus Defense Company on
October 21 to meet with its managing director, Ismail Turgut,
and a number of the company,s principal officers. Based on
the site visit, the information provided by the company and a
name check conducted by Post RSO, we believe Pegasus is a
legitimate company appropriately licensed by the Government
of Turkey to engage in defense services. Company
representatives were fully cooperative and have expressed
willingness to respond to any additional questions from the
USG. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) According to the information provided by company
representatives, Pegasus was established in 2003. Its
principal officers include: Ismail Turgut (Managing
Director), retired Air Force Brigadier General Bulent Tuzcu
(consultant), and Unal Kahveci (Project Manager).

3. (SBU) The company has been accredited by the Turkish
Ministry of National Defense to store defense
items within their facilities. Turgut showed us the Facility
Security Clearance Certificates for each of the sites signed
by the Ministry of Foreign Affair's NATO and Euro-Atlantic
Infrastructure and Logistics Department. Regular annual
inspections made by NATO-certified teams from the Ministry of
National Defense ensure that its main office in Ankara, the
Ostum Repair Center near Ankara, and the Aegean Free Zone in
Izmir (Note: We did not visit the latter two sites. End
Note) all met NATO security standards. The company has one
additional storage facility located in the United Kingdom.

4. (SBU) Company representatives told us that they handle and
store items on the USML only for the Turkish Armed Forces,
their main client. The company does business with entities
from all the branches of the military, and its primary
business is importing materials for and providing repair
services to the Turkish military. Turgut provided assurances
that the company did not do business with countries outside
of NATO.

5. (SBU) Based on the site visit, the information provided by
company representatives and a name check conducted by Post,s
RSO, we believe the company is a bona fide company authorized
by the GoT to conduct business in defense services.


JEFFREY

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