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THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY ISSUES STATEMENT ON ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT AGAINST TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO BUDAPEST

 THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF THE REPUBLIC OF TURKEY ISSUES STATEMENT
 ON ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT AGAINST TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO BUDAPEST
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embassy of Turkey issued the following:
 On Dec. 19, 1991, an assassination attempt was made against H.E. Bedrettin Tunabas, Turkish ambassador to Budapest. The ambassador, his security guard and Hungarian driver all escaped without injuries from the bullets fired by the attacker in the vicinity of the ambassador's residence.
 We strongly condemn this heinous attack, for which the Armenian terrorist organization ASALA has claimed responsibility.
 Between 1973-1985, 47 Turkish citizens, of which 31 were diplomats, were victimized, and an additional 19 officials were wounded as a result of 86 Armenian terrorist attacks directed against Turkish diplomatic institutions, as well as other Turkish organizations abroad. After a six-year dormancy, Armenian terrorism has resurfaced, as demonstrated by the recent attack in Budapest.
 All civilized societies hold the belief that it is not permissible to use terrorism as a means to an end at a time when we are experiencing an era of change and restructuring, both in our region and the world. It should also be noted that the terrorist attack in Budapest has taken place at a time when the relations between Turkey and Armenia are significantly improving.
 We have already asked the Hungarian authorities to employ every possible measure in finding and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this crime. This must be done in accordance with a common understanding and determination to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism internationally.
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 /CONTACT: Namik Tan of the Embassy of Turkey, 202-659-8200/ CO: Embassy of Turkey ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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