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June 2006

The June Issue of DIPLOMAT magazine is out. The Magazine aims to appeal to foreign diplomats in Turkey, foreign media representatives and high-level officials of International firms.

 
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Summer heat has come early to Ankara this year, but there has been no let-up in the pace of diplomatic life. The Turkish capital witnesses a royal visit in May, as the King and Queen of Sweden were received by President and Mrs. Ahmet Necdet SEZER. Turkey also received very important guests from many friendly countries including Bahrain, Finland, Colombia, Kuwait, Israel and Russia. While high-level Turkish officials continued their contacts abroad, Ankara also welcomed the arrival of three new and valuable ambassadors.
 

Once an architect. Ambassador Yves BRODEUR of Canada went on to become an experienced diplomat. He explains how on our 'Interview1 pages this month. He also outlines the principles behind Canada's multi lateral ist foreign policy, sets out the Canadian point of view on nuclear energy and the attitude of Iran, and comments on the nature of Canadian society. Of course, the interview also turns to relations between Canada and Turkey, and the impact of the Armenian issue on these relations.
 

DIPLOMAT'S other guest this month is Ambassador Panidjunai KHALI UN of Mongolia. Mongolia this year commemorates the 800th anniversary of the unified Mongol state. Ambassador KHALI UN offers precious information about the history of his country and its illustrious founder Chinggis Khaan. Besides its warlike past, the anniversary also provides a fine opportunity to become acquainted with the peaceful Mongolia of today.
 

Our arts pages feature ceramic painter Sitki Olgar, better known as "Sitki Usta". Olcar is from Kutahya, the capital of Turkish ceramic art since the time of the Ottomans. His work to preserve and develop the genre has made him a world celebrity. His most recent exhibition is currently open in Istanbul.
 

DIPLOMAT'S travel pages take you to the London district of Greenwich, where, in a sense, time begins. As the reader will soon realise, there is more to Greenwich than the meridian. For those suffering under the Ankara sun, the fresh air of the Thames may make an appealing alternative. But for those who would like to make the most of the sunshine while it lasts, we recommend visits to Gordion, West of Ankara, and to Tokat, a little further to the East, the former best known for its antique legends, the latter for its more recent, Ottoman history.

 
Kaya Dorsan
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