Emine Çolak

Emine Çolak was born in Lefkoşa on 9 March 1958. She gained a law degree from the University of London (SOAS) in 1979 and in 1980 she was qualified as a barrister.

Since 1982 she has been practicing as a lawyer in her own office and specialized in administrative, commercial, family, heritage, human rights and property law fields. Between 1994-2002, she was a member of Lefkoşa Turkish Municipal Council. She was also the coordinator of the committee which discussed laws during the Annan plan process in 2003-2004. She was appointed by the 2nd. President Mehmet Ali Talat as a member of the Supreme Judicial Council responsible for the appointment of judges and efficient functioning of the courts in North Cyprus in 2007 and continued her mission until 2011.

Çolak worked as the Head of the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation and as a leader of the Non-governmental organizations in the civil society in many fields such as education, children’s rights, women’s rights, patient rights, conflict resolution, human rights, LGBT rights and refugee rights. Since 1990, she has taken place in many bi-communal works. Starting from 2002, Çolak has attended the meetings held in Lefkoşa, İstanbul and Athens as a member of the Turkish-Greek Forum. Çolak knows English very well and speaks reasonable French. She has three children.

Özdil Nami

Özdil Nami was born in London on 23 May 1967. He graduated from the Boğaziçi University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department of Business in 1988. He completed his masters degree at the University of California, Berkeley Finance Faculty in 1991.

He started to work at Erdil & Sons Ltd. as a director in 1993. From 1993 to 1997 he gave lectures at Eastern Mediterranean University, Near East University and European University of Lefke. Between the years of 1997 and 2000 he served as Political Advisor at the TRNC Presidency Office; 2000-2001 as Councillor at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and 2001-2003 as the Chairman of Cyprus Turkish Businessmen Association. He has given presentations at many conferences and seminars on the Cyprus issue and the TRNC economy. In January 2005, he was elected as the representative of the Turkish Cypriot Community at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). In March 2005, he was appointed as an observer member at the Socialist Group in the European Parliament.

At the general elections held on 14 December 2003 and at the early general elections held on 20 February 2005 and 19 April 2009, he was elected as a Republican Turkish Party – United Forces Member of Parliament for Nicosia. Between the years of 2008 and 2010, he served as the TRNC President’s Special Representative for the Cyprus negotiations. At the early general elections held on 28 July 2013, he was elected as a CTP-BG MP for Nicosia.

He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1 September 2013 – 12 May 2015.

He speaks English and German. He is married and has one child.

Kutlay Erk

Kutlay Erk was born in Nicosia in 1952. After completing his education on mechanical engineering in Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in 1976 he worked at ‘Sanayi Holding’ for ten years. In 1986 he set up his own business.

During his school years he worked at various student associations.  He is a member of Republican Turkish Party (CTP) since 1976. He served as the Party’s Secretary of Foreign Relations and he was member of the Central Executive Committee of the Party for ten years. Between the years of 2009-2011 he served as the Secretary General of the party.

He worked in many non-governmental organizations; he took part in the establishment of the Turkish Cypriot Businessmen’s Association and served third term president of the association. He was also member of the central executive committee of Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO).

He attended many bicommunal activities, group works, workshops, conferences and panel discussions organized by third parties where Turkish and Greek Cypriots attended. He is a member of Coolfont Conflict Resolution Group, Brussels Businessmen Group and Harvard University Cyprus Work Group.

He was elected as the mayor of the Nicosia Turkish Municipality in June 2002 and performed this duty until June 2006.

Between November 2007- June 2009 he served as Special Representative of President for external contacts.

He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs between 13 June 2013 and 31 August 2013.

He speaks English and German.  He has three children.

Hüseyin Özgürgün

Hüseyin Özgürgün was born in 1965 in Nicosia. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1988.  He received English Literature and Administrative Science education in Clare College, Cambridge University. He served as national sportsman and sports administrator in various sports clubs. At 1998 and 2003 General Elections and at 2005 Early General Elections he was elected as National Unity Party MP for Nicosia.  During the years 1998-2003 he served as a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe.  In 2006 he was elected as the leader of National Unity Party (UBP) and performed this duty almost a year. At April 2009 Early General Elections he was reelected as UBP MP for Nicosia and served as Minister of Foreign Affairs.  At the Early General Elections held in July 28, 2013 he was elected for the fifth time. In August 31, 2013 he became the leader of his party for the second time. He is married and has two children.

Dr. Turgay Avcı

He was born in Larnaca in 1959. He received his bachelor’s degree at Electrical and Electronical Engineering at American University of Beirut in 1985, postgraduate degree at Eastern Mediterranean University Department of Business Management in 1992 and PhD degree at Çukurova University Department of Management and Organization in 1995. Between the years of 1990 and 2003 he held offices at Eastern Mediterranean University as the Vice Head of the Department of Business Management, Director of the Graduate School of Tourism and Hotel Management and Vice-Chancellor. He received education in America and Germany in the fields of management and quality. He was a member of BRT Executive Board. Moreover, he was a member Administrative Body of North Cyprus Atatürk Research and Implementation Centre, member of EMU Strategic Research Centre, and Chairman of EMU Tourism Research Centre. His articles were published in many international journals.

In general elections and early general elections held on December 14, 2003 and on February 20, 2005 respectively he was elected as a National Unity Party (UBP) MP for Famagusta. On September 7, 2006 he resigned from UBP and founded Freedom and Reform Party on 15 September, 2006. During the coalition government of Republican Turkish Party – Freedom and Reform Party founded on 25 September, 2006 he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. On 19 April, 2009 early general elections he was elected as a Freedom and Reform Party MP for Famagusta. On 30December 2012, Freedom and Reform Party united with National Unity Party and  Turgay Avcı served as National Unity Party MP at the parliament until 28 July 2013.

He speaks English, Italian and Arabic. He is married and has two children.

Serdar Denktaş

He was born in Nicosia in 1959. After completing his education on printing at the London College of Printing in United Kingdom, he entered University of Cardiff to study Economics. He established Turkish Student Association at Cardiff and took in Student Union Administration. In TRNC, he established Northern Cyprus Culture Association in 1986, Young Businessmen Association in 1989. He also served as the General Manager of Cyprus Credit Bank.

In the 1990 general elections, he was elected as a National Unity Party (UBP) MP for Nicosia. Between the dates of June 20, 1990 and May 15, 1992 he served as the Minister of Internal, Rural Affairs and Environment. He resigned from his duty of Minister of Internal Affairs and became the pioneers of intra-party opposition movement which later turned into “Dokuzlar Hareketi”. Following his expulsion from the Party along with his friends he took part in the formation of Democrat Party. Between the years of 1992 and 1993 he served as Nicosia District President of Democrat Party and as Secretary-General. In the 1993 general elections he was elected as a Democrat Party MP for Nicosia and between the dates of January 1, 1994 and January 18, 1995 he served as the Minister of Youth and Sports. In 1996 he was elected as the leader of Democrat Party. He served as Minister of State and Deputy Prime Minister. He resigned from party leadership in 2000 and between the years of 2001 and 2003 he served as the Minister of Tourism and Environment. Since December 2002 he is the leader of Democrat Party.

During December 6, 1998 and the December 14, 2003 General Elections he was reelected as a Democrat Party MP for Nicosia. He served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs during the coalition government of Republican Turkish Party and Democrat Party.

In the February 20, 2005 Early General Elections he was elected as a Democrat Party MP for Nicosia. Within the Republican Turkish Party – Democrat Party coalition government he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In April 19, 2009 Early General Elections he was re-elected as a Democrat Party MP for Nicosia.

In May 2013, with the decision of the party caucus the name of Democrat party changed as Democrat Party-National Forces. Following the early general elections held in July 28, 2013 he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Economy, Tourism, Culture and Sports.

He speaks English and German. He is married and has three children.

Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu

He was born in Nicosia in 1953. He graduated from University of Arizona Faculty of Political Sciences Department of International Relations.

Between the years of 1983-1991 he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence. Between the years of 1986-1991 he worked at TRNC London Representative Office as Third Secretary responsible for Political Affairs. He became Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry in 1991 and held this office until 1994. In 1995, he attended a one year education programme, Humphrey Fellowship, on Public Administration at Minnesota University of America. He was reassigned as the Undersecretary of the Prime Ministry in 1996. He served as a member and Chairman of Board of Directors of BRT. He was elected as a National Unity Party MP for Nicosia on December 6, 1998 and served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence in the coalition governments of National Unity Party – Communal Liberation Party and National Unity Party (UBP) – Democrat Party (DP) between the years of 1993 – 2003.

On 14 December, 2003 General Elections and February 20, 2005 Early General Elections he was elected as a National Unity Party MP for Nicosia. In UBP congress held on 16 December, 2006 he was elected as the Leader of UBP. He held this office until November 29, 2008.

He was re-elected as a National Unity Party MP for Nicosia on April 19, 2009. Between the dates of June 2009 – April 2010 he represented National Unity Party in the meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

He resigned from National Unity Party on 15 March, 2010. He served as an independent MP until the 15th of July, 2011. He founded Democracy and Trust Party on July 15, 2011.

After the abolishment of Democracy and Trust Party by its founders committee on 30 December, 2012 he participated to National Unity Party.

At the Early General Elections held in July 28, 2013 he was elected as UBP MP for Nicosia.

He speaks English. He is married and has two children.

Taner Etkin

He was born in Poli (Paphos) on 10 December, 1943. He graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Affairs Department of Finance and Economics. Between the years of 1968 and 1971 he served as the Minister of Economy and Finance. He was assigned as Private Secretariat of President Rauf R. Denktaş in 1971 and as the Undersecretary of the presidency in 1978. He attended language courses in United Kingdom.

In 1993 early general elections he was elected as Democrat Party MP for Nicosia and served as the Minister of Internal Affairs until January 18, 1995. Starting from August 16, 1996 until December 1998 he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence.

He speaks English. He is married and has two sons.

Atay Ahmet Raşit

He was born in Paphos in 1943. He completed his secondary education at T.E.D Ankara College in Ankara and his higher education at Ankara University Faculty of Political Affairs Department of Economics and Finance. He received his postgraduate degree on “European Economic Community Agricultural Economics Policy” at University of Reading in United Kingdom. Between the years of 1970 and 1990 he served as executive manager in private sector.

In the 1990 general elections he was elected as National Unity Party MP from Lefkoşa and was appointed as the Minister of Trade and Industry (June 20, 1990-December 31, 1993). He resigned from his duty on July, 1992 as he resigned from the National Unity Party and took part in the foundation of Democrat Party. He attended December, 12 19993 early general elections as a Democrat Party member but was not elected. During the coalition governments of Democrat Party- Republican Turkish Party between the dates of January 1, 1994 and July 4, 1996 he was assigned as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense.

He speaks English. He is married and has two children.

Dr. Kenan Atakol

He was born in Yayla village of Paphos in 1937. After graduating from Middle East Technical University Department of Civil Engineering in 1961 he worked in private sector in Cyprus and Water Development Department. He went to United States of America in 1964 and received the titles of Master of Science (M.Sc) at University of New Mexico and Doctor of Science (Dr.Sc.) at University of Virginia in 1964 and 1967 respectively. Between the years of 1967 and 1972 he lectured at the University of Pennsylvania State. He has several publications in his field.

From 1972 to 1974, representing Cyprus turkiah Administration he served as a specialized engineer responsible for barrage planning in the Irrıgation Project of Omorfo- Tillirya, prepared by United Nations Development Programme.

In June 20, 1976 and June 28, 1981 general elections he was elected as an MP and become a member of Constituent Assembly founded on December 2, 1983. In June 23, 1985, May 6, 1990 and December 25, 1993 general elections he was elected as a National Unity Party MP for Nicosia. He served this duty until December 18, 1998.

Between the years of 1974 and 1993 he served as the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister of Education and Culture, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence and Minister of Tourism.

He speaks English and Greek. He is married and has two children.

Necati Münür Ertekün

He was born in 1923 in Nicosia. He graduated from Cambridge University Law Faculty in 1946 and served as the Vice Attorney General to the British Colonial Administration between 1953-1960 in Tanzania.  Between 1953-1960 he served as Assistant Attorney General in Cyprus and later in 1960 he served as Constitutional Court Judge.  Until his retirement in 1978, he served as the Head of the Supreme Court of the Cyprus Turkish Federated State.

He was a member of United Nations Association of Cyprus. He has four published books on political issues.

He was a founding member of the TRNC Parliament in 1983. Between 1983-1985 he served as the Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs.

He passed away on 25 December 2009.

Vedat Çelik

Vedat Çelik was born in the village of Tera , Paphos in 1935. He received his secondary school education at the English School in Nicosia and achieved higher education degree from Cardiff University Economy and Political Sciences Department in England.

In 1961 he entered the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Cyprus Republic and was appointed as the first secretary to the Embassy in Ankara and served at this duty until 1967.  Following his return to Cyprus in 1968 he worked at Defense and Foreign Relations Department of the Turkish Administration and later was appointed as the Speaker of the Turkish Communal Chamber and Undersecretary of Vice Presidency of Cyprus Turkish Administration. In 1973 he was appointed as a member of Cyprus Turkish Administration Commerce, Industry and Tourism Executive Board. Following the establishment of the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

At the General Elections held in 20 June 1976, he was elected as National Unity Party MP for Kyrenia. He served as Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense and Foreign Affairs.
He speaks English and Greek. He is married and has three children.

Osman Örek

Osman Örek was born in Nicosia on 26 December 1925. He completed high school education in Nicosia. Afterwards he started to study at the Istanbul University Faculty of Law. He established the Turkish Cypriot High Schools Alumni Association in 1944 and the Association of Cyprus Schools Graduates in 1946. Örek graduated from the university in 1949 and became a Barrister-at-Law at London’s Middle Temple Inn. In 1952 he returned to the island.

Örek served as Lefkoşa Branch Secretary in the National Unity Party between the years of 1953-1955 and served as the General Secretary of the National Unity Party between the years of 1955-1960.

Örek became the Vice-President of Evkaf Foundation and the President of the Turkish Schools Commission between the years of 1956-1960. He was also one of the founders of the Turkish Chamber of Commerce in 1957.

Taking charge in the Cyprus Constitution negotiations held with British Governor Lord John Harding, Osman Örek attended as the Turkish society leader at the quintet London Conference.

Upon the declaration of the Republic of Cyprus in 1960, Osman Örek became the first Minister of Defence of the new Republic.

After the subversion of the “Republic of Cyprus”, Osman Örek took charge as Defence Minister in the General Committee which represented Turkish Cypriot people between the years of 1963-1967 and served as Foreign and Defence Minister in the Temporary Turkish Administration between the years of 1967-1974.

Osman Örek took charge as Foreign and Defence Minister and Vice-President in the Autonomous Cyprus Turkish Administration between the years of 1975-1976, and served as the first President of the Assembly of the Cyprus Turkish Federated State between the years of 1976-1978.

Becoming the second Prime Minister of the Cyprus Turkish Federated State in 1978, Örek also served as a constituent member of the new assembly upon the declaration of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus in 1983.

 Örek died on 24 March 1999.