"The news reaching us from Türkiye and Syria, following the earthquake on Monday February 6, are tragic and heart-breaking.
It is estimated that thousands of people were affected by this event, including, unfortunately, many dead and injured.
It is times like these that, more than testing the ability to provide assistance between regions and states, do truly put to the test the basic values of solidarity, mutual aid and humanity.
On behalf of the European Committee of the Regions, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the people of Türkiye and Syria for this tragic event and express to them the unequivocal and profound solidarity of the regions and cities of Europe.
After the destruction caused by nature, may men and women now be able, with hope and humanity, to build a better future for the populations that survived this terrible event."
President Vasco Alves Cordeiro