The Turkish side has taken the initiative to strengthen cooperation through the Ministries of Emergency Situations. Official Ankara has been forced to reflect on the creation of a collective warning and forecasting mechanism for crisis situations by a devastating earthquake, the consequences of which it has not yet faced. The tragic events claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.
From the earliest days, UTC member countries have sent rescue teams, field hospitals, medical personnel, technical equipment and humanitarian aid to the disaster areas of Turkey. According to official sources, citizens of the states of the organization continue to raise the necessary funds to support the victims. Only residents of Kyrgyzstan have transferred about 100 million soms to a specially opened account in recent weeks. Humanitarian aid collection points continue to operate in the republic.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has officially expressed his gratitude to the leaders of Turkish states for the support and assistance provided to his country during the crisis period.
As summit participants noted, the tragic events in Turkey led the UTC countries to the conclusion that a collective crisis response might indeed be the most reasonable and effective solution.
“Being a mountainous country, Kyrgyzstan is also prone to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, landslides, rockfalls, mudslides, floods, floods, avalanches,” the official said. Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov at a meeting in Ankara. – For its part, Kyrgyzstan is always ready to share its experience in this field and contribute to the common cause of preventing and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters. I believe that the Turkish people will come out of this ordeal with dignity and become even stronger. We reaffirm that we are ready to support and accompany all the efforts of the Turkish government aimed at eliminating the consequences of the earthquake.
The Organization of Turkish States has five members – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Two other countries – Hungary and Turkmenistan – have observer status at UTC. Initially, the organization was founded in 2009 and was called the Turkish Council. It was renamed to OTG in November 2021. The main goals of the “Turkic Five” are strengthening mutual trust and friendship, developing diverse cooperation based on cultural community.
Kyrgyzstan has sent several search and rescue teams totaling 182 people to the affected areas. The groups included rescuers, doctors and canine specialists. Kyrgyz rescuers worked with local, Russian and Belarusian colleagues.
Kyrgyz students studying in Turkey have also traveled to the disaster area as volunteers.
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