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Temel Iskit (Former Ambassador)

Retired ambassador Temel Iskit joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1963. During his diplomatic career covering forty years he served at various foreign missions of Turkey and held different posts at the Foreign Ministry's central organization including that of Director General for EU Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary for Economic affairs. After retirement Ambassador Iskit lectured for five years at the Sabanci University as well as at Bilgi University. Presently, he is a columnist at the newspaper TARAF (his columns: taraf.com.tr/temel-iskit/).

E-mail: tiskit@turk.net

 

Volkan Vural (Former Ambassador)

Volkan Vural was serving as the Turkish ambassador to Moscow when Armenia, as well as the other Soviet republics, became independent. In April 1991, he was the first high level Turkish diplomat to travel to Armenia, to discuss the establishment of bilateral relations. Besides serving as ambasador to Tehran, West Germany, and Spain, he held posts such as chief advisor to the Prime Minister, undersecretary of the foreign ministry, and Secretary General for EU affairs. He retired from the diplomatic corps in 2006 and is currently an advisor of the Dogan Group and on the board of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association). Under his coordination, TUSIAD held a closed brainstorming event on Turkey-Armenia relations in 2009.

In 2008, in an interview with Nese Duzel, Volkan Vural made statements that figured high in the debate about bilateral relations: www.taraf.com.tr/nese-duzel/makale-volkan-vural-ermeni-ve-rumlar-tekrar-vatandas.htm

In this interview, he said that if he were in charge, he would apologize for the pains inflicted upon the Greek and Armenians of the Ottoman Empire. He also argued that their descendants should be offered citizenship of Turkey.

Contact via TÜSIAD

Türk Sanayicileri ve Isadamlari Dernegi
Mesrutiyet Cad. No:74
Tepebasi 34420 - Istanbul

Tel: 0 212 249 54 48 /249 19 29
Fax :0 212 293 37 83

August 2010

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