TURKEY: Resignation

Coming at a time when Turkey is worried about Cyprus and courted by Russia, the resignation last week of Foreign Minister Fuad Koprulu had international overtones. But Dr. Koprulu was specific: "My resignation has no connection with external problems." An Ottoman scholar and a member of a distinguished family (which produced several Grand Viziers), Koprulu, 66, had stepped down from the government for reasons that were even more fundamental than foreign policy: the growing instability of the country and its government.

Though Turkey's muzzled press was virtually forbidden to speculate on Koprulu's resignation, most observers knew that it was the outcome...

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