Ertuğrul Apakan

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Bornova, İzmir Province, Turkey
Alma materBornova Anatolian High School, Ankara University
SpouseLale Apakan
Member ofGlobal Relations Forum

Ertuğrul Apakan is a Turkish diplomat. Ambassador Apakan has had a longstanding diplomatic career, most recently as the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations (2009 – 2012) and as Undersecretary at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006 – 2009).


Apakan was born in Bornova, Izmir, Turkey. He graduated from Bornova Anatolian High School and Ankara University, Faculty of Political Science (1969) and completed his master's degree in economics at the Ege University in Izmir.


Apakan joined the Turkish Foreign Ministry in 1971. After many diplomatic duties, he was the ambassador to Northern Cyprus from 1996 to 2000. Apakan served as Deputy Under-Secretary for Bilateral Political Affairs from 2004 to 2006 and as the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey from December 2006 until August 2009. He became the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations in New York in August 2009. During September 2010, Apakan was the President of the United Nations Security Council. He also chaired United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in 2010.

On 2 April 2014 he was appointed Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. He was replaced in this position by Yaşar Halit Çevik in 2019.


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