HC Deb 02 November 1998 vol 318 cc412-3W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has held with representatives of the Kurdish political parties in Turkey, Iran and Iraq concerning a negotiated peace; and if he will make a statement. [57518]

Mr. Fatchett

We have held meetings at Ministerial and official level in October with the leaders of the Kurdish Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, to discuss the agreement they signed in Washington on 17 September. We remain strongly committed to supporting Kurdish reconciliation in northern Iraq, and will continue our contacts with these and other Iraqi-Kurdish parties. In Turkey our Embassy maintains regular contact with representatives of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP), as it does with all the major political parties.

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