The Past few weeks have again been
a lively time for Ankara's diplomatic community. In
addition to cultural activities organized by nomerous
embassies, the capital has played host to a number or
interesting meetings with political dimensions. Among
these, the adress given by President Viktor Yuschenko of
Ukraine at the Hilton in the early days of June and the
Africa Day event staged jointly bye the African
embassies have made a lasting impact.
The Africa Day celebrations were
organized under the aegis of Ambassador Mohammed LESSIR
of Tunisia, dean of the African ambassadors to Ankara.
Mr Lessir is also DİPLOMAT's guests this month.
Besides voicing some of Africa's expectations, he speaks
enthusiastically of the Information Summit which his
country is due to host in November and comments on
relations between Turkey and Tunisia.
These pages also include a
conversations with two equally wel-known figures in the
Turkish capital. Lebanese Ambassador Georges SIAM and
his wife Golda. After approximately six years in Ankara,
the count-down has begun for this much-liked couple. If,
as expected, they return to their country shortly, they
will leave many friendships and fond memories in their
interviews Mehmet DÜLGER, the Chairman of the Foreign
Affairs Committee of Turkish Grand National Assembly. Mr
Dülger is a veteran politician who stems from a
very political family. He explains the workings of the
Committee in the context of Turkish foreign policy, and
reveals his plans for increasing its effectiveness.
Our arts pages this month acquaint
the reader with Nuri ABAÇ, a bright young man of 80 who
is one of the best-known names in Turkish painting. Both
Abaç's recents works and the many cycles through which
his artistic career has evovled are sure to be of
For a travel destination, we have
this month selected the Turkish Republic of Northern
Cyprus. With the holiday season upon us, thoughts of
this small tourism country are quick to spring to mind.
If you are looking to enjoy a great holiday without
going very far, the beaches of Girne are at your
Don't miss the opportunity.