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Rauf Raif Denktaş
  First President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  
   
  Rauf Raif Denktaş (photo  AFP)Former Turkish-Cypriot leader and the first President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Born in Baf (Paphos), Cyprus, in 1924 Rauf Denktaş (pronounced Denktash) married to Aydin Mnir in 1949. Has two daughters and two sons (one deceased). 

   
  EDUCATION  
  Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln's Inn, London. 
   
  DEGREES 
 
  • Honorary PhD, Middle East Technical University (Ortadogu Teknik Universitesi), Ankara, 1984.
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws degree of the Southern University, Washington D.C. 1989.
  • Honorary PhD on Political Sciences of the Eastern Mediterranean University (TRNC), 1990.
  • Honorary PhD on Economic Development and International Relations of the Black Sea Technical University (Karadeniz Teknik Universitesi), 10 May 1991.
  CAREER  
  Teacher, 1942-43; lawyer, 1947-49; member of Consultative Assembly in search of self-government for Cyprus and member of the Turkish Affairs Committee, 1948; Junior Crown Counsel to the Attorney-Generalis Office, Crown Counsel and Ag. Solicitor-General, 1949-1957.

Chairman of the Federation of Turkish Cypriot Association, 1957; attended U.N. General Assembly on behalf of the Turkish Cypriots, 1958; advised Turkish Government on the rights of Turkish Cypriot people during the preparation of Zurich Agreement, December 1958; leader of the Turkish Cypriot delegation at the London Conference where the establishment of a bi-communal partnership state was endorsed by the two peoples of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Great Britain, February 1959; head of the Turkish Cypriot Delegation at Constitutional Committee drafting Cyprus Constitution, 1959-1960; elected President of the Turkish Communal Chamber, 1960; entry into the island arbitrarily prohibited for four years by the Greek Cypriot leadership after the collapse of the partnership state, 1964-1968.

Took up duties as President of the Turkish Communal Chamber and Vice-President of the Turkish Cypriot Administration, 1968; interlocutor at the inter-communal talks, 1968, which continued until the Greek coup in Cyprus on 15 July 1974; re-elected President of the Turkish Communal Chamber, 1970; elected Vice-President of the Republic and President of the Turkish Cypriot Administration, 1973; formed the National Unity Party, 1975; elected President of the Turkish Federated State of Cyprus, 1976; elected President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, 1985; re-elected 1990 and 1995 and 2000.

Mr Denktaş stepped down as the president of Northern Cyprus in 2005.

   
  PUBLICATIONS 
 
  • Secrets of Happiness, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1941;
  • Hell Without Fire, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1944;
  • Criminal Cases, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1954;
  • A Handbook of Criminal Cases, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1955;
  • Five to Twelve, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1964;
  • The Cyprus Problem, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1968;
  • The Akritas Plan, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1968;
  • A Short Discourse on Cyprus, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1972;
  • The Cyprus Problem, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1974;
  • Dialogue With Youth, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1981;
  • The Cyprus Triangle, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1982;
  • Woman and the World, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1985;
  • For Tomorrows, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1986;
  • The Cyprus Problem (23rd Year), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1986;
  • UN Speeches on Cyprus, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1986;
  • Cyprus, An Indictment and Defence, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1987;
  • Ataturk, Religion and Secularism, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1989;
  • The Cyprus Triangle (second and enlarged edition), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1989;
  • A Challenge on Cyprus, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1990;
  • Denktash As A Photographer, Images From Northern Cyprus, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1991;
  • The Cyprus Problem and the Remedy, Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1992;
  • The First 6 Months, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1993;
  • Those Days, (Turkish), Lefkoşa (Nicosia), 1993
  • Images From Northern Cyprus, 1993
  • Vizyon - The Vision, 1994, Nicosia
  • Kapılar - The Doors, 1995, Nicosia
  • Observations on the Cyprus Dispute, 1996
  • Kıbrıs Meselesinde Son Durum - The Latest Situation in Cyprus Issue, 1996, Nicosia
  • Rum Yunan İkilisi: İstenmeyen Cumhuriyetten Nereye? - Rum Yunan Duo: Where to from the Unwanted Republic, 1996, Nicosia
  • Karkot Deresi - Karkot Stream, 1996
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, I. cilt (1964) - Memoirs of Rauf Denktaş, 1964-74, volume I (1964), 1996
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, II. cilt (1965), 1997
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, III. cilt (1966), 1997
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, IV. cilt (1967), 1997
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, V. cilt (1968), 1997
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, VI. cilt (1969), 1997
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, VII. cilt (1970), 1997
  • Kalbimin Sesi - The voice of my heart, 1997
  • In Search of Justice, 1997
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, VIII. cilt (1971-72), 1998
  • Rauf Denktaş'ın Hatıraları, 1964-74, IX. cilt (1973-74), 1999
  • Hatıralar, Toplayış, X. cilt - Memoirs, Putting It Together, vol X, 2000
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