§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is currently taking to ensure that the Turkish Government protects their Kurdish population.
§ Mr. Garel-Jones
We regularly raise with the Turkish authorities the human rights situation throughout Turkey, including the south-east of the country.
We welcome the recently improved security situation in south-east Turkey and the reported indefinite extension of the PKK, Kurdish Workers' Party, ceasefire. We also welcome Mr. Demirel's statement that the state of emergency in the south-east will not be extended beyond its expiry on 19 July provided that the present calm situation continues.