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Volume 718: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in discussions about the European Union Neighbourhood Policy and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and in other appropriate fora they will raise the situation of the Kurds in Syria, in particular their citizenship status, freedom to demonstrate, land rights, language rights and other human rights. [HL2936]

As I said in my Answer of 9 February to the noble Lord, we regularly raise the issue of Kurds with the Syrian Government.

We will consider using any multilateral fora to raise the issue of Kurds, including the ones that the noble Lord mentions. If signed by Syria, the structures provided by the EU Association Agreement will provide the EU with a regular political forum to raise human rights and other concerns.