HC Deb 23 April 1993 vol 223 c241W
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.

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