Selim Sarper

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Person.png Selim Sarper  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, politician)
BornJune 14, 1899
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died1968-10-11 (Age 69)
Ankara, Turkey
Alma materHumboldt University of Berlin, Ankara University, Law School
Children • daughters: Ülker
• Vanlı
SpouseKamuran Sarper
PartyRepublican People's Party,  (CHP)

Employment.png Turkey/Minister of Foreign Affairs Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
May 28, 1960 - February 16, 1962
Preceded byFatin Rüştü Zorlu


On May 28, the next day of the 1960 Turkish coup d'état, Selim Sarper, took United States Ambassador in Ankara Fletcher Warren to the coup leader General Cemal Gürsel for a visit. Sarper was appointed the same day Minister of Foreign Affairs replacing Fahri Korutürk in the draft cabinet list.[1]

Sarper entered later the Republican People's Party (CHP) running for a seat in the parliament at the 1961 general elections. He continued to serve at his post as Minister of Foreign Affairs until February 16, 1962.[1]

Revealed U.S. diplomatic documents show that during his term in the İnönü's coalition cabinet, Sarper made assessments to the U.S. Government and told high words about his own head of state like "That Gürsel was not a great brain".[1]

In the 1965 general elections, Sarper was re-elected into the parliament as a deputy from Istanbul Province.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/195918 September 195920 September 1959Turkey
The 8th Bilderberg and the first in Turkey. 60 guests.


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