TURKISH journalist Mehmet Ali Birand, whose documentaries and books helped shape many Turks’ understanding of their recent tumultuous history, died in Istanbul late on Thursday.
Birand suffered cardiac arrest due to complications while undergoing gallbladder surgery, according to the Hurriyet Daily News for which he worked.
His book “30 Hot Days” was an insider-like account of the international manoeuvring by Britain, the United States, Turkey and Greece that followed Turkey’s 1974 invasion of Cyprus. Birand was a regular attendee at events involving major developments on Cyprus over the years.
The 71-year-old had been battling cancer, for which he had had surgery in 2011.Read More