Possible emergency situation
On 3 March 2003, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) received a request for assistance from Turkey.
The request relates mainly to capabilities that might be needed by medical teams, civil protection teams and airport personnel to deal with the consequences of possible chemical or biological attacks against the civilian population.
It also includes items that might be needed to deal with the consequences of population movements towards Turkey.
In accordance with its established procedures, the EADRCC has forwarded this request to its points of contact in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) countries. Also, in a manner consistent with its established mandate, the Centre is coordinating EAPC country responses to the Turkish request. On a regular basis the EADRCC is circulating situation reports.
The Turkish Authorities have informed the EADRCC that training and education in all aspects of NBC protection, especially detection and decontamination, are of utmost importance. Therefore, nations are invited to provide such assistance to Turkey.