Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will open channels of communication with the Kurdistan Workers' Party in the light of its engagement against ISIS and efforts to reach agreement with the government of Turkey.

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We welcome the continuing efforts of the Turkish government to resolve the Kurdish issue, including through the introduction of legislation addressing minority rights and consultation with civil society. We also welcome ongoing negotiations between the Turkish government and the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, to reach a peaceful solution. We have already shared lessons learned from the UK’s experience in Northern Ireland with senior Turkish Ministers, politicians and officials. The UK stands ready to help in any way we can.

Our embassy in Ankara maintains a regular dialogue with political parties in Turkey, including the pro-Kurdish HDP (People’s Democratic Party), and with Kurdish civil society organisations. However, the PKK is a proscribed organisation in the UK. There are currently no plans to delist or un-proscribe the PKK as a terrorist group.

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