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Iraq: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2007, Official Report, columns 838-9W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, whether he has received confirmed reports of counter-terrorist operations by Turkish security forces within Iraq; and if he will make a statement. (159559)

We have no confirmed reports of counter-terrorist operations by Turkish security forces within Iraq.

The UK utterly condemns Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorist attacks in Turkey and strongly supports Turkish efforts to work with the Iraqi government at a national and regional level to tackle the PKK. We continue to believe that this is the most effective way forward.

We encourage the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional government to work with Turkey to address the PKK presence in Northern Iraq.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received representations from the Iraqi government on its intentions to change Iraqi law governing the operation of private security firms within Iraq; and if he will make a statement. (159565)