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Turkey: Ban welcomes call for ceasefire and withdrawal by Kurdish armed group

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the call by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group operating out of northern Iraq, for a cease-fire and withdrawal of its forces from Turkish territory.

UN independent expert calls on Turkey to do more to fight impunity on extrajudicial executions

While Turkey has made significant progress in protecting the right to life, it should step up efforts to prosecute those who commit unlawful killings, a United Nations independent expert said today following a visit to the country.

UN calls for restraint following deadly mortar attack on Turkish town

Both the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council are calling for restraint following the deadly shelling this week of a Turkish town by Syrian forces.

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Agreement “possible” at Cyprus talks

An agreement over the future reunification of Cyprus could move a step closer at talks that are due to get underway on Monday outside New York City.

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Earthquakes claimed more lives in 2011 natural disasters

Earthquakes were the biggest killers in natural disasters last year, according to a report published on Wednesday.

According to statistics released by the UN, there were 302 major disasters in 2011.

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Turkey can play vital role in humanitarian affairs – UN official

Turkey’s role in humanitarian affairs is rapidly growing and has become vital for the international community, the United Nations relief chief said today, calling for stronger partnerships between the country and international organizations to provide assistance to people who have been affected by emergencies around the world.

Turkey: UN humanitarian fund gives more than $3 million to help quake victims

The United Nations humanitarian fund announced today that it is allocating $3.4 million to provide shelter, education, health care and psychological support to thousands of people affected by the recent deadly earthquakes in south-eastern Turkey.

UN agency delivers more aid to quake survivors in Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency reported today it has airlifted more than 100 tons of relief materials into Turkey to assist survivors of last week’s devastating earthquake in the country’s southeast.

UN refugee agency begins emergency airlift for quake victims in eastern Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency has launched an emergency airlift to bring tents, blankets and other vital relief supplies for the victims of the deadly earthquake that struck eastern Turkey earlier this week.

UN sends aid to earthquake-affected people in Turkey

United Nations agencies said today they have sent relief materials to Turkey to assist those affected by the earthquake that killed hundreds of people on Sunday and damaged thousands houses, rendering thousands of people in south-eastern part of the country homeless.