Deputy Secretary General visits refugee camps in Turkey

DSG Eliasson (in the middle with sun glasses) visits Nizip container camp in Gaziantep, Turkey on 21 February 2016. Photo: UNIC Ankara

DSG Eliasson (in the middle with sun glasses) visits Nizip container camp in Gaziantep, Turkey on 21 February 2016. Photo: UNIC Ankara

United Nations Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson visited on 21 February a container and a tent camp which house Syrian refugees In Nizip, Gazianep, Turkey.

In Gaziantep Eliasson visited the Gaziantep Deputy Governor Uğur Aladağ; then he was accompanied by local Turkish officials and UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra during his visit to the camps. His visit started by a briefing by Turkish officials on the camps and later he visited the education and social facilities, and the market in the container camp. He said that he appreciates that Turkey refers to refugees as guests. During his visit to a vocational centre for women, Eliasson bought a product produced by refugee women.

He also met with  families in both camps.

At the end of his visit to the camps, Eliasson shared his impressions with the press at a media stakeout.

He said that he was very happy to see what Turkey has done for the refugees and added that Turkey is currently the country that hosts the highest number of refugees.

“Despite pressures, I hope that Turkey will continue with its open border policy. It is really nice to see that children can play here, they try to survive here but they are away from bombs. This is a good feeling but we should never forget those who are left behind” Eliasson said.
Eliasson reiterated that there is no military solution for the conflict in Syria and peace has to be established as soon as possible.

In Gaziantep, Eliasson also visited UNICEF Gazikent Education Center, UNDP Livelihood Project Center (Glass Bead Workshop) and UNHCR Multi Service Center (MSC).

Before leaving for Ankara to continue his visits with the goverment officials, he ended his contacts in Gaziantep with a meeting with representatives of International NGOs that work in humanitarian field to assist the Syrian refugees.