March 3, 2011 - 14:24 AMT 10:24 GMT

The Turkish government has broken another taboo.

Onboard the plane on its way to Portugal, State Minister and Chief
Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis said that a citizen of Armenian
origin would work in the state cadre. Bagis said a Turkish citizen of
Armenian origin Leo Suren Halepli won the exam for Turkey's secretariat
general for EU affairs, Hurriyet reported.

Leo Suren Halepli had passed examination of the Secretariat General
for the European Union to be hired as an expert. Later, however, the
Ankara Administrative Court satisfied another contender's claim to
repeal the examination results, and called for a repeated exam. The
secretariat had appealed the decision in the Turkish Council of State.

A graduate of Endicott University, Robert College and The London
School of Economics, 30-year-old Leo Suren Halepli speaks 5 languages.

From: A. Papazian