HE Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey, was awarded the 2010 Chatham House Prize. President Gül was recognized for being a significant figure for reconciliation and moderation within Turkey and internationally, and a driving force behind many of the positive steps that Turkey has taken in recent years.
Mr Gül has worked to deepen Turkey's traditional ties with the Middle East, mediate between the fractious groups in Iraq and bring together the Afghan and Pakistani leaderships to try to resolve disputes during 2009. He has also made significant efforts to reunify the divided island of Cyprus and has played a leading role, along with his Armenian counterpart, in initiating a process of reconciliation between Turkey and Armenia.
President Gül is also recognized for being an unwavering proponent of anchoring Turkey in the European Union. Under his leadership, Turkey is consolidating civilian democratic rule and undergoing extensive political and legal reforms to bring the country closer to European standards of democracy and human rights.
President Gül collected the award and a scroll signed by our patron, Her Majesty The Queen, at a ceremony in London on 9 November 2010.
Rt Hon David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, said: 'I was delighted to hear that President Gül is being awarded the 2010 Chatham House award... I see the award as a celebration of Turkey's place on the world stage.'
Dr DeAnne Julius, Chairman of Chatham House, said: 'President Gül has been voted the winner of this year's Chatham House Prize because of his qualities as a national, regional and international leader. I warmly congratulate the President on this award which recognizes his accomplishments and acknowledges the growing influence he has achieved for Turkey.'
Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, said: 'Chatham House members have a deep interest in international affairs and have voted for President Gül to acknowledge his efforts within Turkey as well as on the international stage. Our members represent a cross-section of the most influential globally orientated individuals in business, academia and public life.'
Suzan Sabancı Dinçer, Panel of Senior Advisers, Chatham House, and Chairman and Executive Board Member, Akbank, said: 'As a Chatham House Senior Adviser and a Turkish citizen I am proud and delighted that President Gül is to receive this prestigious award. His efforts to bring stability and prosperity to Turkey's region and his encouragement of Turkey's rapid progress towards reform and full European integration have been acknowledged by Chatham House members.'