Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Bulent Ecevit

I met Bulent Ecevit - who died over the weekend - about five years ago. At the time he was serving the last of five terms as Prime Minister of Turkey. It was at an EU summit (in Helsinki I think) and he was walking through the corridors of the conference centre with a group of journalists trailing in his wake. He was an impressive man : charismatic in every sense of the word. I had nothing to ask him, no story to write. But there was something which attracted you to him, made you want to walk at his side. An impressive man.
The Guardian 07 Nov 2006

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