Ertuğrul Apakan (born 1947) is a Turkish diplomat. Apakan has been the Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations in New York since 2009. He is also Vice President of United Nations General Assembly in Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Industry Expertise (2)
Areas of Expertise (4)
- OSCE Special Monitoring Mission : Chief Monitor
- United Nations : Permanent Representative of Turkey
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs : Undersecretary
Media Appearances (4)
Number of OSCE SMM monitors in Ukraine to grow by March – Chief Monitor
The Chief Monitor of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) to Ukraine, Ertugrul Apakan, has announced that the number of OSCE monitors working in Ukraine will be increased by the end of March 2016, and has called on the sides to ensure the monitors' unhindered access to all parts of the conflict area, the OSCE press service reported.
"The mission will grow not only in numbers, but also in technology and presence. The number of monitors will be increased to 800 throughout Ukraine by the end of March, and more bases in eastern regions of the country will be opened," Apakan was quoted as saying by the OSCE press service.
Apakan reiterated that the SMM would continue to play its important role "on the ground" and called on the sides to ensure the security of its unarmed civilian monitors, as well as their unhindered access to the entire area of the conflict. He also stated that the sides should redouble their efforts towards peace and stability.
OSCE unhappy about civilian casualties in Ukraine
Belarusian Telegraph Agency online
The OSCE representative also noted that the overall security situation in the conflict zone in Ukraine continues deteriorating. The matter was in the center of attention of the 10 February session of the subgroup on security. The subgroup's coordinator Ertugrul Apakan reminded the sides about their commitment to fully observe the ceasefire regime and to withdraw heavy weapons, tanks and mortars. “The growing number of violations of the ceasefire regime can be related to exactly these kinds of weapons,” pointed out the OSCE special representative. Martin Sajdik said he believes that the sides should give an answer about the matter to the OSCE's special monitoring mission.
OSCE monitors in Donbas get 20 more armoured vehicles
The European Union has delivered 20 armored vehicles for the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE SMM) in Ukraine.
All these vehicles will be sent to eastern Ukraine and provide significant help to the OSCE SMM both from the viewpoint of the monitors' safety and in their monitoring of the implementation of the Minsk agreements in terms of the ceasefire and heavy weaponry removal in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, SMM chief Ertugrul Apakan said at the vehicles handover ceremony in Kyiv on Wednesday.
The SMM was receiving non-financial aid from the OSCE members and partners, in particular, from the governments of Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia, Apakan said.
OSCE confirms pullback of heavy armaments from Donbass continues, notes faults
Tass Russian News Agency online
Agreements on pullback of heavy weaponry and weapons of caliber less than 100mm and mortars up to 120-mm caliber from Ukraine’s war-torn Donbass are being implemented on the whole, the head of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Oganization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Ertugrul Apakan, said on Thursday, marking also faults in this activity.
The Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk Agreements (Minsk-2) envisions an overwhelming cessation of fire and withdrawal of heavy armaments to create in Donbass a security area at least 50 kilometers wide.