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Draft Regarding James Forman's Meeting with the Turkish Consul General to the United States, 1980



Draft Regarding James Forman's Meeting with the Turkish Consul General to the United States, 1980


Draft Regarding James Forman's Meeting with the Turkish Consul General to the United States, 1980


Forman, James, 1928-2005
Drug traffic-Turkey
Drug traffic--United States
Heroin--United States
Cornell University


Forman, James, 1928-2005


JamesFormanLibraryCollection. Box43.


Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)



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Tevfik Ünaydın, Turkish Consul General to the United Sates, spoke at the Cornell University in Uris Hall, Room 200 on Saturday, March 8, 1980. There he met with James F. Forman who represented the oppressed African-American nation and its national minority areas. They had a friendly talk in the front of the room. Forman stated that he wanted to meet with officials of the Turkish government to discuss the heroin trade and the ways to end it. Forman, said, moreover, that he was very concerned about the present reality of the African-American and other black people in the United States who were being hit daily with heroin. The Consul General state in full view of the Turkish and other students that it was true the Black people in the United States were being the hardest hit by heroin. They, the Turkish government, for the last five years were working hard to insure that there was no smuggling of drugs out of Turkey. The only drug they were permitting to leave Turkey were those designated for drug companies in the United States and elsewhere.
While investigating the United States Heroin drug trade in Detroit, Michigan in 1974, Forman had earlier learned from reliable sources that the drug companies such as Parke-Davis, one of the largest drug manufacturing companies in the United States, had a policy of making overruns on pills and other forms of drugs. Though there are supposed to be inspectors of the amount of drugs they manufacture, the companies tended to make an overrun on all drugs and siphon off the overrun for sale on an illicit market.
The Consulate General state the Turkish government did not feel the United Nations was the best place to negotiate an end to the drug trade. His government took the position that bilateral agreements were the best method for the resolution of this problem. Forman encouraged the use of the consultations with other countries since the heroin trade was very international. The Consulate General felt that efforts should be made to get the United States of America to stop the smuggling of heroin into the United States.
The Turkish Consulate General had been invited to Cornell University by the Turkish Student Association. On Friday, March 7th, 1980, the Turkish Student Association hosted a Turkish Dinner. Where movies about Turkey were shown. On Saturday night the Turkish Student Association sponsored an evening at the International Living Center of Cornell University. The Consulate General attended the Friday night dinner and the Saturday session at Uris Hall.

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Forman, James, 1928-2005, “Draft Regarding James Forman's Meeting with the Turkish Consul General to the United States, 1980,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 29, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/158.