Former deputy Foreign Minister and prominent journalist and politician Yannis Kapsis died at the age of 88 in the early morning hours of Monday. Kapsis had served as PASOK minister and was a closed associate to part founder and prime minister Andreas Papandreou.
He served as deputy foreign minister form 1982 until 1989.
He had negotiated the moratorium between Greece and Turkey over the 1987 Aegean crisis.
He also negotiated and signed the agreement for the removal of the US bases in Greece. Despite the fact that the introductory of the agreement was revised by the next government, the technical arrangements remain in force including 120 agreements.
From 1974 to 1982, he was editor of Ta Nea, then Greece’s highest-circulation newspaper.
In 1970 he was convicted and sentenced by a special court of the Junta colonels because of his articles defending democracy.
After the students’ uprising in Athens Polytechnic School in 1973 he fled to London and stayed there until the colonels’ junta collapsed a year later.
He has been honored with 14decorations.
After his retirement, he started writing, he has published a total of 15 books.