Statement Of The Spokesman Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Tanju Bilgiç In Response To A Question Regarding The Allegations In The Press About The Staff Of Our Consulate General In Mosul. , 01.09.2014
QA-26, 1 September 2014
We have seen with regret that certain allegations
regarding the physical wellbeing of our Consul General in Mosul and the staff
of our Consulate General who have been held hostage by the ISIL since 11 June
2014 have been reported in the written and visual media today (1
September). These allegations are baseless.
Any such information must be verified and the
reliability of its source must be checked before being published, as it can
have severe adverse consequences on the families and relatives of the personnel
of our Consulate General in Mosul.
The Turkish State has been conducting extremely
sensitive efforts since the first day when the staff of our Consulate General
in Mosul have been taken hostage. Preserving the life safety of our personnel
and providing accurate information to the public remain our priorities while
these efforts are being carried out.