Brussels, 15 July 2022 (TDI): On Thursday, the Embassy of Turkiye in Brussels commemorated one of the slain diplomats, Dursun Aksoy, at a sobering ceremony.
Dursun Aksoy was gunned down by an Armenian terrorist on the street outside his home in Brussels in 1983.
▪️Joined by our diplomatic missions and
embassies of Azerbaijan and TRNC, together with Turkish civil society, we paid HOMAGE to our late diplomat Dursun Aksoy, on the spot where he was assassinated by Asala terrorists in 1983 in Brussels. #DursunAksoy pic.twitter.com/YKEUkcKKMJ
— T.C. Brüksel Büyükelçiliği (@TurkEmbBrussels) July 14, 2022
Turkish diplomats attended a ceremony on Avenue Franklin Roosevelt in Brussels, the place where a terror attack killed Dursun Aksoy.
Turkish Ambassador to Belgium, Hasan Ulusoy, said that Türkiye is the country that lost the most diplomats due to terrorism. He also said that many diplomats and their relatives were killed in attacks by Armenian terrorist organizations.
Ambassador Ulusoy noted it is regrettable that the perpetrators went unpunished. He also stressed the importance of cooperation against terrorism at the international level, so terror attacks do not occur in the future.
Ambassador Hasan Ulusoy further stated that Aksoy is commemorated on the street where he was murdered yearly. Ulusoy also underlined that the construction of a monument shortly could be very important in emphasizing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Dursun Aksoy was born in 1944 in the village of Islamkoy in the Southwestern Turkish province of Isparta.
In November 1976, he joined the Turkish Foreign Ministry and three years later was appointed to the Embassy of Belgium as an administrative attaché.
Aksoy was the father of three children and was scheduled to return to Turkiye in October 1983.
On 14 July 1983, at 10:30 AM local time, Aksoy was killed by an Armenian terrorist outside his home. Aksoy was shot twice in his neck and chest, ultimately resulting in his death.
Aksoy was 39 years old at the time of his death. Two Armenian militant groups, ASALA and JCAG, took responsibility for his assassination.