HC Deb 14 November 1988 vol 140 c368W
83. Mr. David Atkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on British aid for the Kurdish refugees in Turkey.

Mr. Chris Patten

Her Majesty's Government are sympathetic to the suffering and needs of Kurdish refugees in Turkey, especially as winter approaches. The Turkish Government have now authorised the Turkish Red Crescent Society, which has a proven record of organising emergency relief work, to act as coordinator and take a continuing role in the care of these refugees. I have agreed therefore to make a contribution of £250,000 to the Turkish Red Crescent to support this work.

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