Canada Offers Condolences Following Earthquake in Turkey

(No. 316 - October 23, 2011) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird offered Canada’s condolences to the people of Turkey after a powerful earthquake struck the eastern province of Van, close to the Iranian border.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I express profound sympathies and sorrow to the families, friends and loved ones of those killed in today’s tragedy,” said Minister Baird. “Canada is deeply concerned for the well-being of those affected by this disaster. Turkey has a friend in Canada and we stand in solidarity with the Turkish people during this difficult time.”

The Canadian embassy in Ankara is in close contact with Turkish authorities to determine the impact of the earthquake and is providing consular assistance to Canadians as required.

Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) Diane Ablonczy echoed Minister Baird’s sentiments.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Turkish people after this disaster,” said Minister Ablonczy. “Canada stands ready to assist Turkey if or when called upon.”

Canadians in the affected areas should monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities.

Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Ankara at 90 (312) 409 27 00, or call DFAIT's Emergency Operations Centre collect from Turkey at 00 800 14 22 00 14 79 (note that this number is not accessible from cell phones in Turkey). An email can be sent to

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information about Canadian citizens believed to have been affected should call the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada at 613-996-8885, or 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free within Canada). Alternatively, they may send an email to

It is recommended that Canadian citizens register at Registration of Canadians Abroad to receive the latest advice from the Canadian mission responsible for the area in which they are located.

For up-to-date information, consult Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s travel report for Turkey

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