Ban voices sympathy, offers UN help after deadly quake in Turkey

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and destruction in Sunday's earthquake in eastern Turkey and pledged the readiness of the United Nations to assist if requested.

Turkey: Ban voices concern after Kurdish elements launch deadly attacks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the reported killing of at least 26 Turkish soldiers by Kurdish elements in the country’s south-east earlier today.

Turkey must do more to ensure independent, impartial judiciary – UN rights expert

A United Nations human rights expert today commended Turkish authorities for placing the protection and promotion of human rights high on their agenda, while calling for further steps to guarantee an independent and impartial judicial system.

Ban deplores killing of Turkish soldiers by armed Kurdish group

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of 15 Turkish soldiers in the latest attack attributed to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group operating out of northern Iraq.

Secretary-General condemns deadly dual attacks in Istanbul

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned last night’s twin bombings in Istanbul that have killed at least 16 civilians and injured many others.

UN refugee agency deplores deaths of four refugees after expulsion by Turkey

The United Nations refugee agency is seeking clarification from Turkey after 18 refugees were forced to cross a fast-flowing river on the Turkish-Iraqi border, leading to the deaths of four by drowning.

Ban Ki-moon calls for 'utmost restraint' in Turkey-Iraq border actions

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern today over the latest escalation of tension along the Turkish-Iraqi border, appealing for “utmost restraint” in actions there and for respect of the border between the two countries.

Ban Ki-moon voices concern over Turkish air attacks against Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over yesterday’s Turkish air strikes into northern Iraq and reports of possible civilian casualties, as well as continued attacks by the armed group PKK.

Ban Ki-moon arrives in Turkey for talks on Iraq

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Istanbul where he met with Turkish leaders ahead of a planned conference on Iraq bringing together the country’s neighbours and other interested States.

Secretary-General concerned at Turkish move on attacking Kurdish targets in Iraq

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about the Turkish Parliament’s decision this week to enable the country’s armed forces to take cross-border military action in Iraq against targets of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).