The implementation of Article 140 of Iraq’s constitution is a matter for the sovereign Government of Iraq and its people. We are aware of Turkish concerns about the future of Kirkuk and have held regular and wide-ranging discussions with Turkey about the situation in Iraq. Our exchanges on Article 140 have focused on encouraging the Iraqi authorities and the UN to ensure that the process on the future of Kirkuk is as transparent and inclusive as possible.
I refer the hon. Member to the reply my hon. Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Mullin) gave the hon. Member for Lagan Valley (Mr. Donaldson) on 23 March 2005, Official Report, columns 886-87W.