Turkey says only one citizen hurt in Kyrgyzstan clashes

Davutoglu said Wednesday only one Turkish citizen was injured in clashes taking place in Kyrgyzstan to date.

Turkey says only one citizen hurt in Kyrgyzstan clashes

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday only one Turkish citizen was injured in clashes taking place in Kyrgyzstan to date.

Speaking at the general assembly of the Turkish Parliament, Davutoglu said that the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) followed closely the whereabouts of Turkish citizens in Kyrgyzstan.

There is no Turkish citizen who could be negatively affected by the developments in Kyrgyzstan, Davutoglu noted.

All countries of the region are our brothers and, regardless of the roots, are members of the same family. Turkey is doing all she can so that these countries reach a level of prosperity. We are careful about staying "neutral" in conflicts between regional countries and pay high attention to resolving conflicts, Davutoglu said.

The developments in Kyrgyzstan are a matter of concern for everyone. Following the developments there is crucial for Turkey's strategies in Central Asia, Davutoglu said.

Our main concern is to prevent the division of Kyrgyzstan as north and south. As such, we continue to hold talks with the interim government of Kyrgyzstan and encourage them to hold a referendum, Davutoglu also said.

Riots killed 176 people and injured 1,800 others in Kyrgyz provinces of Osh and Jalalabad since violence erupted in this country on June 11.

Turkey sent planes to Kyrgyzstan and brought back Turkish citizens living in this country.


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