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Kurdistan Workers Party

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the recent activity of the Kurdistan Workers Party in south-eastern Anatolia; and what discussions she has had with her Turkish counterparts on that subject. (93199)

We note the declaration of a ‘ceasefire’ by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from 1 October and will continue to monitor the situation in South-East Turkey closely. It is too early to draw a conclusion about how lasting or comprehensive this cessation of violence may be. The PKK is a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK and is on the EU’s list of terrorist organisations. We regularly discuss terrorism with the Turkish authorities, most recently when my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister met his Turkish counterpart on 3 October.