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PRESS RELEASE OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK, 21 JUNE 2014

PRESS RELEASE OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK, 21 JUNE 2014

The acts of violence affecting a great part of Iraq are continuing and no improvement has been made in the field of security. 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. 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 under the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency under the Prime Ministry, through the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) and the Turkish Red Crescent are underway. A delegation from TİKA and humanitarian aid materials will reach Kirkuk today in order to meet the urgent needs of our Turkmen brothers and sisters who were forced to take refuge in Kirkuk because of the clashes in the Village of Basheer south of Kirkuk. Our humanitarian aid activities are being conducted under the coordination of 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. The Turkish Embassy in Baghdad is continuing to conduct the efforts for ensuring the safe return of our citizens in Iraq to Turkey. In this framework, our relevant units have been answering the demands of information and support submitted to the Crisis Center based on the currently available information and in spite of the extraordinary circumstances ongoing in Iraq.

The Crisis Center, which was established immediately after the spread of the conflicts in Iraq continues its activities. Calls to our Consular Call Center are also automatically redirected to the Crisis Center.

PRESS RELEASES OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK