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Turkey

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 28th November 2014.

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Photo of Menzies Campbell Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrat, North East Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Turkey regarding their support for the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Kobane.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

We regularly discuss developments in Syria with the Turkish government, including on the status of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The Turkish government regard PYD as an affiliate of the proscribed terrorist organisation, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey has been clear with the PYD that they need to demonstrate that they are part of the moderate opposition and continue to urge them to co-operate with the National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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