Former Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem dies at 66

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Wednesday January 24, 2007

Istanbul- Former Turkish foreign minister Ismail Cem died
in Istanbul at the age of 66 Wednesday.
Cem, who during his term in office from 1997 to 2002 followed a
policy of Greek-Turkish reconciliation with his Greek counterpart
George Papandreou, suffered from lung cancer.

He died in hospital, where he had been receiving treatment since
December for a lung infection, Turkish media reported.

Cem, who started his career as a journalist, left the Democratic
Left Party (DSP) of the then prime minister Bulent Ecevit following
differences with the premier and founded his own party, the New
Turkey Party.

Following defeat in the 2002 parliamentary elections, the party
was dissolved and merged with the Republican People's Party (CHP),
which is now in the opposition.

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