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Message from the Prime Minister of Turkey1

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International Monetary Fund. Secretary's Department
Published Date:
November 1955
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Adrian Menderes

It gives me pleasure to convey to you the great happiness which the Turkish people and the Government of Turkey share with the residents of Istanbul that the Tenth Annual Meeting of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund is held in Istanbul with the participation of such distinguished personalities.

While endeavoring to prepare the necessary basis for the propagation of peace, nations of the world which emerged exhausted from the calamities of the war have dwelt with emphasis on the past and prospective role of international economic and social solidarity, and they have formed the conviction that it is only through such solidarity that peace could be established and that humanity could attain prosperity and happiness. The twin institutions of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund are the fruits of these thoughts and the best means for their implementation.

Thanks to the display of solidarity and mutual aid, the nations of the free world, which were delivered from a great catastrophe only ten years ago, have experienced a great measure of relief and development within a short period of time. Obviously, it is proper that we should all take great pride and pleasure in the results that have been achieved. However, there is much ground to be covered and many a task to be performed to bring prosperity and happiness to the suffering humanity.

In order to reach our objectives, it is required that we should greatly accelerate our efforts at solidarity and that we should endeavor to overcome with greater courage the difficulties confronting us.

The member nations of these two institutions whose Boards of Governors are now meeting here are convinced of the necessity for joint action in the solution of their common problems. This conviction is the greatest assurance that the difficulties, regardless of how great they are, will be gradually overcome and that the nations through their joint efforts will realize a brighter future.

With this belief, I wish that the Tenth Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Monetary Fund will be even more successful than in previous years and that the sojourn of our guests in Istanbul will be profitable and pleasant.

Delivered in Turkish by Hasan Polatkan, Governor for Turkey, at the Opening Ceremonies, September 12, 1955.

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