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BENADOR ASSOCIATES MOURNS THE PASSING OF H.E. MR. ISMAIL CEM, FORMER MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKEY

February 2, 2007

With deep sorrow, Eliana Benador, president of Benado Associates, announces the passing of our friend, His Excellency, Mr. Ismail Cem, Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs and one of the most influential figures in the History of Turkey and the Middle East.

Focus News Agency reports:

Istanbul. Former Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, who died of lung cancer at 67 on Wednesday, was laid to rest on Thursday following a state ceremony held after Friday prayers, Cihan news agency reports.
The funeral was held at Istanbul's Tesvikiye Mosque. Cem's wife, son and daughter accepted condolences from numerous visitors.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc, main opposition Republican People's Party leader Deniz Baykal, former Prime Minister Tansu Ciller, former ministers and other state officials attended the funeral.
Former Greek Foreign Minister Yorgo Papandreou was also in Istanbul for his close friend's funeral. Papandreou was reported to have postponed his visit to India to attend the funeral.
After the religious ceremony, a state ceremony was performed for former foreign minister. He was then taken to Zincirlikuyu Cemetery and laid to rest.
Cem was receiving heavy chemotherapy after being hospitalized for lung infection caused by lung cancer he was fighting for three years, when he died on Jan. 26 in Istanbul.
Cem served as foreign minister in three governments from 1997 to 2003, becoming one of the longest-serving Turkish foreign ministers. He was known for his critical role in thawing of relations with Greece during his mandate.

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