European Union: We are determined to support Turkey

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European Union Commissioner for Neighborhood Affairs and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi said that the bloc is determined to mobilize the international community to provide support to Turkey and Syria during a donors’ conference on March 16th.

This came during a press conference held on Wednesday in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Swedish Minister of Development, International Cooperation and Foreign Trade John Forsell.

Varhelyi explained that the United Nations, international financial organizations and NGOs provide support in many areas.

He added that they will work to remove the short-term and long-term negative effects of the earthquake that struck Turkey and caused the loss of many lives and destruction.

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He stated that 21 countries in the European Union sent search and rescue teams and that “more than 1,750 people, along with 111 dogs, played an important role in saving lives in the first 72 hours.”

He pointed out that the European Union decided to organize an international donors’ conference to provide global support to Turkey.

And stressing that they are trying to raise awareness about the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake, he pointed out that despite the existence of estimated figures, “there is very great damage.”

He explained that the Commission of the European Union is ready to provide support, including the construction of new homes and schools, hospitals, care centers and nurseries.

On February 6, two successive earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 occurred in southern Turkey and northern Syria, causing great loss of life and property in both countries.