Category: General Announcements
Published: 20 November 2008
Gündüz Suphi Aktan, Turkey's former ambassador to Greece, United Nations and Japan and a member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at the age of 67, due to kidney tumor.
Gündüz Suphi Aktan was born in Safranbolu, on August 7, 1941. After graduating from the political science department of Ankara University, he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs until 1998. From 1998 to 2007, he wrote for the daily Radikal, Turkish Daily News and for a while directed the Turkish think tank Eurasia Strategic Research Center.
He was a well known and respected expert on the Armenian question and he wrote extensively on the subject. He was a member of track two diplomacy group Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission. He believed that normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations could only be possible after resolution of Armenian genocide claims and the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.
A compilation of his articles can be found in his book "Açık Kriptolar: Ermeni Soykırım İddiaları, Avrupa'da Irkçılık ve Türkiye'nin AB Üyeliği (Open Encrypts: Armenian Genocide Claims, Racism in Europe and Turkey's EU Membership)".
TurkishPAC mourns the untimely loss of Gündüz Suphi Aktan and conveys its condolences to his family and Turkish People.