The first plans-load of medical aid for Turkey left Rewalpindi Airport, Pakistan on Monday (22 July).
The first plans-load of medical aid for Turkey left Rewalpindi Airport, Pakistan on Monday (22 July). The Hercules C130 aircraft was carrying medical equipment, a field ambulance, tents and two thousand blankets. Also on board was a medical team which included seven doctors, there nursing sisters, and nineteen nursing assistants.
The medical team wee off at the airport by the Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Erdem Erner. The Pakistan Government has decided to send the medical supplies because of the seriousness of the fighting in Cyprus, and the way in which the relations between Greece and turkey seemed to be deteriorating because of the crisis.
On the previous day, Sunday, Pakistan's Prime Minister, Mr. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had said that "Pakistan stands by Turkey in its decision to fulfill its legal obligations in accordance with the 1959 Agreements, and will render all possible assistance in the circumstances." His message was conveyed to the Turkish Prime Minister, Mr. Bulent Ecevit, through Ambassador Erner soon after the news broke that Turkish forces had landed in Cyprus.
Shortly afterwards, Mr. Ecevit sent a message to Mr. Bhutto expressing the gratitude. The message said he was "deeply touched by the brotherly feelings expressed by Mr. Bhutto at this historic moment in the life of the Turkish nation."
Pakistan, Iran and Turkey are partners in the Central Treaty organisation (CENTO).