Turkish Embassy in London

Embassy Announcement

Ambassador Bilgiç’s Letter In Response To The Guardian’s Article, 26 November 2014 , 28.11.2014

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/26/turkey-standing-up-isis-oil-smugglers

Your article (Inside Islamic State’s oil empire: how captured oilfields fuel Isis insurgency

19 November, theguardian.com) puts forward claims about Turkey that are mutually exclusive with the facts about the fight of Turkish security forces against smuggler groups that are in the Turkish headlines almost daily. In response to the advance of Daesh [Islamic State] towards towns along our Syrian border, additional army units were deployed to combat illegal border crossings as well as armed Syrian or Iraqi smuggler groups. Thanks to the efforts of the Turkish forces, 78m litres of oil was captured in 2013 before it could be smuggled. The figure is 62m litres for the first eight months of 2014. Members of the Turkish security forces lost their lives during the fight against smuggling.

Turkey has been vocal on establishing a comprehensive strategy against clearing the Daesh threat. Turkey and the UK have an outstanding level of cooperation against terrorism and we call on the international community to get together and start implementing this strategy to bring peace to the war-torn region.

Abdurrahman Bilgiç

Turkish Ambassador in London