Statement from Abdullah Gül: If we manage our countries well…
11th President Abdullah Gul said, “If we manage our countries well, make the institutions right, make our rules right, apply high standards and check that they are implemented, and impose penalties when necessary, the struggle will become easier when disasters occur.”
Speaking on the last day of the 26th Eurasian Economic Summit, Gül conveyed his condolences for those who lost their lives in the Kahramanmaraş-centered earthquakes. Stating that he visited all the cities affected by the earthquake and encountered an indescribable destruction, Gül continued as follows:
“We have seen that we need to prepare our countries. It is important both before and after disasters, but before it is more important because let’s not face destruction. To minimize this pain, it is necessary to be prepared. Conditions are needed, such as making our cities decent places and our buildings good. If we manage our countries well, make the institutions right, our rules right, and enforce high standards and check that they are implemented, and impose penalties when necessary, the fight becomes easier when disasters strike.”
Noting that the importance of non-governmental organizations was once again understood after the earthquake, Gül noted that the solidarity of the Turkish people is an example to the world.
Gul also thanked the teams from many countries of the world who came to Turkey for help and said that these aids will never be forgotten.
Referring to the effects of the Russia-Ukraine war, Gül said, “UN Security Council member Russia has targeted Ukraine’s territorial integrity and political structure. This is a painful thing. Of course, the responsibility of the countries responsible for ensuring world peace is more. The saddest thing is for one of them to start the war by violating all UN principles.” used his statements.
Gül stated that the struggles to stop the war were unfortunately not enough and that more work should be done on this issue. Explaining the effects of the war, especially in the field of food, Gül continued his words as follows:
“The food issue has created huge problems. Turkey has made great achievements and contributions in running the food corridor with the UN. But prices never came down. Recently, the German Research Institute said that the Russia-Ukraine war cost the world $1.6 trillion. When we think about what would happen if this amount was spent on health, education and other things, we have to be sad again. ”
11th President Abdullah Gul emphasized that all countries should take a more active role in order to stop the war and said, “This is a very sad situation for the world, for humanity. Everyone must do their best to stop this war. Whoever takes the initiative should be supported. We should think about profit from where we come back from the loss. I’m sure all countries are working in this direction. Our government in Turkey is also doing their best. ” (AA)