Coşkun Kırca

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Coşkun Kırca (27 March 1927 in Istanbul – 24 February 2005 in Istanbul) was a Turkish diplomat, journalist and politician. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in 1995. He was at first a member of the Republican People's Party, then of the Republican Reliance Party, then of the True Path Party.


He was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1927. He attended the North Queens Community High School in Istanbul and graduated from the School of Law at Istanbul University.

On March 12, 1985, the Turkish embassy in Ottawa where Kirca served as Ambassador, was attacked by ASALA militants. Kirca escaped by leaping from the second floor window at the back of the embassy, breaking his right arm, right leg and pelvis. After the attack, he remained in Canada as ambassador for several years before returning to Turkey, where he served in many high-level state posts, including foreign minister.(51st government of Turkey)

Kirca died of a heart attack in Istanbul at the age of 78. He was buried at the Feriköy Cemetery, Istanbul the next day, almost exactly 20 years after his brush with death in Ottawa. He was married and had 3 children. He was one of the founders of Galatasaray University.


Political offices
Preceded by
Erdal İnönü
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey
October 6, 1995 – October 31, 1995
Succeeded by
Deniz Baykal