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PRESS RELEASE OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK, 20 JUNE 2014

PRESS RELEASE OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK, 20 JUNE 2014

The acts of violence affecting a great part of Iraq are continuing and there is no positive development. In this framework, our warnings made previously for visits to the Provinces of Mosul, Kirkuk, Saladin, Anbar, Diyala, Baghdad, Basra, Babel, Najaf, Kerbela, Wasit, Maysan, Qādisiyyah, Musenna and Dhi Qar are still valid. In this context, we strongly recommend our citizens in the abovementioned Provinces to leave these regions as soon as possible and urge all our citizens to abstain from visiting these regions for their life security.

Our humanitarian aid activities, particularly towards civilians displaced because of the conflicts in Mosul and Tal Afar, which are conducted in coordination with the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency under the Prime Ministry, are underway. In addition, it is planned that humanitarian aid which includes food, drinking water and sheltering materials sent by the Red Crescent will start being delivered to our brethren in the region this evening. Moreover, necessary efforts are being undertaken in order to ensure that the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) also provides humanitarian aid to our brethren in region. Our humanitarian aid activities have been mainly conducted through our Consulate General in Erbil.

Necessary efforts to ensure the return of all of the Turkish citizens kept in Iraq, safe and sound and as soon as possible, are being conducted in a sensitive manner.

Lastly, four Turkish citizens working in a company in Iraq who had been retained by an armed group while they were traveling from the Al-Daur district of Saladin Province to Kirkuk with a group of Iraqis and foreign workers have been released yesterday (19 June) as a result of the efforts that have been carried out.

The Turkish Embassy in Baghdad is continuing to conduct the efforts for ensuring the safe return of our citizens in Iraq to Turkey.

The Crisis Center, which is also staffed with personnel from other relevant institutions continues its work in the Ministry. It answers the questions and meets the demands from our Ministry as to the situation in Iraq and to our citizens in that country based on the currently available information. Calls to our Consular Call Centers are also automatically redirected to the Crisis Center.

PRESS RELEASES OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK