“If Bangladesh authorities allocate an area, we want to build more livable tent camps [for Rohingya refugees] using our experience,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the ongoing Rohingya crisis in his speech at Istanbul Atatürk Airport on Friday, before his visit to Kazakhstan.
We are engaging in multilateral diplomacy for Rakhine. Regarding this issue, we’ve had phone conversations with more than 20 leaders. If the Bangladesh government allocates an area for us, we aim to establish more secure and livable camps there.
According to the UN on Friday, 270,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh as tens of thousands more were internally displaced by the latest violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.
Erdogan said that the current tent camps in Bangladesh are not livable, adding that Turkey could share its know-how building camps with better facilities as the country has hosted around 3 million Syrian refugees for over six years.
Erdogan said that Turkey’s intensive efforts have started to bear fruit as the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) was allowed to distribute food and clothing in Rakhine state, hours after Erdogan’s telephone call with Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on the recent violations of human rights.
“ Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has distributed 1,000 tons of humanitarian aid. In the second phase, we are planning to distribute 10,000 tons of food, medicine and clothes,” he said.
Erdogan added that Turkey continues to discuss the issue with world leaders as Turkey’s aid agencies deliver vital aid to the refugees.