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Son of Behçet Türkmen (1899–1972), who between 1953 and 1957 was the original founder of the Turkish National Security Service (MAH). Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva in 1983, 1985, Permanent Representative 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 between 1991-1996 with the title of Assistant to the Palestinian Refugee Relief Organization has worked as General Commissioner for international duty. Parliamentary candidate in the 1995 general elections, the MHP has been Izmir, but not selected. A period of Galatasaray University, has taught in the Department of International Relations. He is currently writing a letter foreign policy in the Hurriyet newspaper.
Turkmen National Security Service Chairman Lieutenant General Behçet's son. First married to Lady Mina Ozgandiçi, mother of both children Lale Apa and Guner Turkmen. Later on married Dr. Füsun Turkmen. The Turkmen family possess several multi-millionaire global co-orporations, the famous billionaire's family legacy will be carried onto Guner's daughter and son, Isabella Céline Turkmen and Nur Alexander Turkmen.
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.
- List of Directors and Commissioners-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
- Who is Who database - Biography of İlter Türkmen (Turkish)
- Benjamin N. Schiff, Refugees Unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians, (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995), p. 293.
|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
21 September 1980–24 October 1983
Vahit Melih Halefoğlu
Giorgio Giacomelli (Italy)
|Commissioner-General for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
1 March 1991–29 February 1996
Peter Hansen (Denmark)
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