Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that in the context of the fast-moving events in Turkey, a crisis cell has been set up to analyse “the most efficient ways” to provide consular assistance to Romanian citizens currently on Turkish soil, as well as the political implications of the ongoing events triggered by a failed attempt to overthrow the government.
According to the Ministry, no casualties or injuries have been reported so far among Romanians in Turkey following the recent violent events that saw the Turkish capital rocked by violent clashes overnight, bomb blasts and gunfire.
The crisis cell continuously worked through the night, also keeping contact with travel agencies and tourism companies operating on the Romania – Turkey connection.
With tensions still running high, the Foreign Ministry reiterated an earlier call on Romanians who are now in Turkey to avoid any trip that is not absolutely necessary, so as not to unnecessarily expose themselves to risk.
“As soon as security conditions allowed it, a team of the Romanian General Consulate in Istanbul went to the Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport to assist Romanians inside the airport precincts,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
For assistance, Romanian citizens in Turkey can call the following permanent numbers operated by the Contact and Support Center: +90.3220.127.116.110; +90.212 35.83541; +90 18.104.22.1686; +90 212. 35.83.537, +90 22.214.171.1249.
Apart from that, in order to provide appropriate consular assistance and operatively handle all the requests of Romanian citizens, the Foreign Ministry opened an additional toll free green line 0800 800 407 (accessible only from Romania) and the e-mail: callcenter @ mae.ro.
About 1,500 phone calls have been received so far via all the communication channels run by the crisis cell.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced Friday night an illegal coup attempt by a faction of the Turkish military. In the moments after the attempted coup was launched Friday night, President Erdogan urged Turks in a televised message to “go to squares” and “give them the best answer,” Anadolu Agency reports.
Forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have meanwhile successfully put down the attempt and restored order. At least 1,563 army personnel were detained across Turkey on Saturday and the Interior Ministry also suspended several parallel state military personnel including 5 generals and 29 colonels, Anadolu Agency also announced.