Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag spoke at a press conference in Ankara.
Turkish aid agencies on Monday launched a nationwide aid campaign for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.
Speaking at a press conference in Ankara, Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdag said that a number of institutions -- including the Turkish Red Crescent, Religious Affairs Directorate, and the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) -- are involved in the major campaign.
"Turkey is determined to build temporary shelters and camps to support the children, women, elderly and families in the area," he said.
Akdag also decried the approach of the UN, which he described as setting up meetings, releasing condemnations, and dragging the issue out.
"We will not take such an approach," Akdag said.
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Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will raise the issue at the UN General Assembly this month.