İlter Türkmen (8 November 1927 – 6 July 2022) was a Turkish diplomat and politician.

İlter Türkmen
Türkmen in 1980
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
21 September 1980 – 24 October 1983
Preceded byHayrettin Erkmen
Succeeded byVahit Melih Halefoğlu
Personal details
Born(1927-11-08)8 November 1927
Istanbul, Turkey
Died6 July 2022(2022-07-06) (aged 94)
Istanbul, Turkey[citation needed]
SpouseFüsun Türkmen

Life and career


Türkmen was the son of Behçet Türkmen (1899–1968), who between 1953 and 1957 was the director of the Turkish National Security Service (MAH). Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva in 1983, 1985, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations in New York, in 1988, he served as Ambassador to Paris and retired in 1991. Following his retirement from the United Nations Secretary-General's special representative, between 1991 and 1996 with the title of Assistant to the Palestinian Refugee Relief Organization has worked as General Commissioner for international duty. [citation needed]

Türkmen was Turkey's permanent representative to the UN in New York (1975–1978 and 1985–1988) and was representative to the UN in Geneva (1983–1985). He also served as Turkey's ambassador to France, Greece and the USSR. Türkmen served from 1979 to 1980 as the UN Secretary-General's special representative in Thailand, dealing with humanitarian issues. From 1980 to 1983 Türkmen was the Foreign Minister of Turkey. Türkmen had been UNRWA Commissioner-General from 1991 to 1996.[1]

Türkmen died in Istanbul[citation needed] on 6 July 2022, at the age of 94.[2]

See also





  1. ^ Benjamin N. Schiff, Refugees Unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians, (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), p. 293.
  2. ^ Eski Dışişleri Bakanı İlter Türkmen yaşamını yitirdi
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
21 September 1980 – 24 October 1983
Succeeded by
Positions in intergovernmental organisations
Preceded by Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
1 March 1991 – 29 February 1996
Succeeded by