Cavusoglu inaugurates Lisbon memorial for fallen diplomats

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu inaugurates memorial for victims of 1983 attack by Armenian militant group on Turkish embassy in Lisbon

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Portuguese counterpart Rui Machete on Monday inaugurated a memorial for victims of an attack on Turkey’s Lisbon embassy by Armenian Revolutionary Army (ARA) in 1983.

Cahide Mihcioglu, wife of Tukey’s Lisbon Chargé d’Affaires Yurtsev Mihcioglu, and Portuguese police officer Manuel Pacheco stationed at Turkish embassy were killed in the attack.

The memorial is located next to the Turkish embassy building in Lisbon and the inauguration ceremony was also attended by the relatives of the victims.

Turkish diplomats in overseas locations had been a target of attacks by Armenian militant groups such as ARA and Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia (ASALA).

In the attacks between 1973 and 1986, 31 Turkish diplomats were killed in many countries including the United States, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In 1982, Turkish Administrative Attache Erkut Akbay and his wife and Nadide Akbay were also killed an attack carried out again by another Armenian militant organisation JCAG in Lisbon.

After the inauguration ceremony Cavusoglu tweeted “For us, they are two heroes who sacrificed their lives w/o a second thought. We remember them with respect and gratitude,” referring to victims of 1983 attack in Lisbon.

Only in 1982 and 1983, ASALA militants carried out 16 attacks on Turkish targets killing many diplomats.

TRTWorld and agencies