TIPH commemorates the death of two observers in 2002

On 26 March 2015, TIPH members commemorated the death of two colleagues who were killed in the service of peace 13 years ago.

On 26 March 2015, TIPH members commemorated the death of two colleagues who were killed in the service of peace 13 years ago.

In the morning, TIPH Head of Mission accompanied by the Senior Nationals from the six member countries visited the location of the tragedy for a moment of commemoration and reflection.

The ceremony, taking place in the TIPH headquarters, was attended by TIPH members and the representatives from the Danish Representative Office in Ramallah, the Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Italian General Consulate, the Norwegian Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Norwegian Representative Office in Ramallah, the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem, the Swedish Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Swiss Representative Office in Ramallah, the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv and the Turkish Consulate General in Jerusalem.

TIPH Head of Mission Geir Holmenes spoke of the importance of remembering the risk related to TIPH’s important work and mandate.

– Today our thoughts go first and foremost to Catherine’s and Cengiz’s families, friends and colleagues. Let us honour Catherine and Cengiz by doing the job they were taken away from, and doing it the best way we can, every day.

20150326_12.jpgIn connection to the ceremony, TIPH Head of Mission Geir Holmenes announced the naming of two rooms in the headquarters, which will from now on be called ‘Catherine’s room’ and ‘Cengiz’s room’.

Ms. Catherine Berruex from Switzerland and Mr. Turgut Cengiz Toytunç from Turkey were shot and killed on Bypass Road 35 just outside Hebron on 26 March 2002. Mr. Hüseyin Ozarslan from Turkey was injured but survived the attack. TIPH and the six participating countries Denmark, Norway, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey extend their thoughts to the families and friends of the victims.

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