Assembly of Turkish American Associations Remembers Victims of Armenian Terrorism

Image An Armenian gunman assassinates the Turkish Ambassador to France, Ismail Erez, also killing the Ambassador's chauffeur, Talip Yener. Armenian terrorist organizations, ASALA and JCAG, publicly dispute which group deserves credit for the assassination. ATAA condemns these acts of violence against innocent individuals and remembers these tragedies with great sorrow and deliberation to bring the perpetrators and their supporters to justice.


Ismail Erez was born on 28 September 1919, in Bakırkoy district of Istanbul. His parents were graduates of a law school, Hasan Tahsin Erez and Emine Sahande. His mother died when he was only two years old. He graduated from Galatasaray High School with honors and proceeded to the School of Political Science in 1939 and graduated with a degree in 1943.[1] Ismail Erez then entered the Foreign Service and worked in several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including representative positions in the United Nations, World Health Organization and UNESCO. After serving as the General Secretary at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., he was appointed the Ambassador of Turkey to Beirut, Lebanon on 19 December 1967 serving as an envoy to both Lebanon and Kuwait. In 1970, he was appointed the Ambassador of Turkey to Italy and from 1972 until 1974 worked at the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. On 2 November 1974, he was appointed the Ambassador of Turkey to France.


On Friday, 24 October 1975, Ismail Erez was returning from a reception and as his vehicle approached the building of the Turkish Embassy in Paris, a group of 3–4 armed Armenian militants from ASALA ambushed the automobile killing him and his driver Talip Yener. The death shocked Turkey as they came just two days after the first assassination of a Turkish ambassador to Austria, Danis Tunaligil by an Armenian militant organization (both ASALA and JCAG claimed responsibility)
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