Feridun Sinirlioglu (Diplomat)
Sinirlioglu has been one of the most prestigious diplomats with a special experience in the neighbouring countries of the East and South. He was an influential advisor to president Demirel when PKK-leader Ocalan was chased from Syria and later caught in 1999. In troubled times he was ambassador to Israel and when Abdullah Gul became foreign minister, he became one of his deputy undersecretaries (müstesar yardimcisi). As undersecretary Sinirlioglu was sent as a special envoy to Armenia in April 2010.
Unal Cevikoz (Diplomat)
Unal Cevikoz, Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary, was appointed in April 2010 as ambassador to London, where he serves since July 2010. Cevikoz joined the foreign service in 1978. He worked in the Embassies in Moscow and Sofia and in the Turkish Consulate in Bregenz. He joined the International Secretariate of NATO in Brussels in 1989.
Cevikoz was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2001. He served as Ambassador of Turkey to Azerbaijan between 2001-2004 and as Ambassador of Turkey to Iraq from 2004-2006.
Between 2007 and 2010, Ambassador Cevikoz has held the position of Deputy Undersecretary for Bilateral Political Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His portfolio covered Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Asia, Africa as well as international security issues (NATO, OSCE, disarmament).
Ali Babacan (Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, AKP)
Foto: Ali Babacan (r) together with Armenian foreign minister Edward Nalbandian (l) in Istanbul in November 2008.
Ali Babacan was Turkey's foreign minister from after the elections in 2007 until April 2009 when he became minister of the economy. During this time, important steps in the bilateral relations were realized. Babacan travelled together with president Gul to Yerevan on 6 September 2008. Following this meeting the two ministers would meet another seven times between September 2008 and April 2009.
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Suat Kiniklioglu was elected to the TBMM for the first time in July 2007 for the AKP from the Cankiri province. Kiniklioglu is the AK Party External Affairs Deputy Chairman and a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and one of the most outspoken foreign policy experts within the AKP. Kiniklioglu holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University, Ottawa and an MA of International Relations from Bilkent University, Ankara. Before becoming an MP Kiniklioglu worked for the Australian Embassy and the Canadian International Development Agency in Ankara and was the Director of the German Marshall Fund of the US in Ankara from 2005 to 2007.
Suat Kiniklioglu has been working in and outside parliament also on Turkey-Armenia relations, some examples:
Interview: 11 March 2010, Turkish Ratification Of Armenia Accords 'Almost Impossible' Now, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) Armenian service in Yerevan, www.suatkiniklioglu.org/en/press-room/turkish-ratification-of-armenia-accords-almost-impossible-now.html
Press Conference: 4 March 2010 "A costly victory for the Armenian Diaspora", in Washington following the decision of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Kiniklioglu said: "Although the outcome has developed against us in terms of numbers, today everyone present here saw that this was a costly victory for the Armenian Diaspora. For this reason, I would like to thank those who have contributed to this effort", www.suatkiniklioglu.org/en/etkinlikler/kiniklioglu-a-costly-victory-for-the-armenian-diaspora.html
- Interview: 22 February 2009, Sunday's Zaman, Turkey and Armenia nearing major breakthrough in relations
- Op-ed: 26 April 2006, Turkish Daily News, Turks And Armenians
Suat Kiniklioglu is a regular columnist for Today's Zaman:
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Ufuk Uras was elected as an independent candidate on the Anatolian shore of Istanbul in the July 2007 elections. After the closure of the Kurdish DTP party and the political ban for two of its MPs, Uras joined the DTP-successor party BDP ( Peace and Democracy Party) to allow them to form a parliamentary group.
Ufuk Uras was the only MP to accompany President Abdullah Gul to the football match in Yerevan on 6 September 2008. Uras was one of the organizers of 24 April 2010 commemoration in Istanbul.
Mevlut Cavusoglu is the current president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). He also represents Antalya in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. First elected to parliament in 2002, he is a founding member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
In mid May 2010, Cavusoglu visited as PACE president Armenia and met with president Sargsyan, political parties and civil society representatives. Due to his refusal to visit the genocide memorial (Dzidzernagapert) his visit was changed from an "official" visit to that of a "working" one and sparking a boycott of meetings by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.
Personal homepage (in Turkish) www.mevlutcavusoglu.com
Fax: +90 312 420 69 72
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