House of Lords written question – answered on 26th April 2011.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make contact with the leaders of the non-violent sit-in protest taking place in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

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The Government, through our Embassy in Ankara, has regular contact with the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), who are leading the protests. Our Embassy will continue to maintain contact with BDP leaders, particularly in the run-up to the elections in June. We have no plans, however, to make contact with the individuals leading the protests in Diyarbakir and other towns in Turkey where protests are taking place.

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