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PRESS RELEASE OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK, 22 JUNE 2014

PRESS RELEASE OF THE IRAQ CRISIS DESK, 22 JUNE 2014

The acts of violence affecting a large 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 Iraq, mainly in Mosul and Tal Afar, which are conducted under the coordination of the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency under the Prime Ministry and our Consulate General in Erbil, through the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and the Turkish Red Crescent are underway. In this framework, a truck carrying 1150 food packages (which can each meet the needs of a family of five for ten days) prepared by the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency 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, arrived in Kirkuk on 21 June evening. The distribution of the packages is to start today (22 June).

It has been decided to assign four employees of the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency in the field to work under the supervision of our Consulate General in Erbil and to provide support to the in-situ coordination of the aid, which is being delivered at an increasing pace in the Tal Afar, Mosul and Kirkuk regions. These employees arrived in the region on 22 June. In addition, two TIKA employees have been assigned in order to meet the urgent needs of internally displaced Iraqis, including our Turkmen brothers and sisters in the KRG, Mosul and Kirkuk who are in need for urgent humanitarian aid, arrived in Erbil on 22 June.

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