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De-militarisation

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been involved in discussions between Turkey, Iraq, the Kurdish Regional Government, the United States and the Kurdistan Workers Party about regional self-determination and de-militarisation; and what assessment they have made of progress on those issues. [HL3717]

The Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) is a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK, and we are not involved in discussions with it. However, we continue to discuss PKK terrorist activity with the Governments of Iraq, Turkey and the US as well as with the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq (KRG). In this context the UK welcomes the tripartite mechanism set up between Iraq, Turkey and the US. The UK also welcomes the continued dialogue between Turkey and the KRG on this issue, which, together with addressing the economic, political and social needs of the south-east, should help to resolve the situation.