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Iraq: Turkey

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL1197, tabled on 17 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, or plan to have, with the government of Turkey on their unilateral military operations in the Dohuk province of Iraq and, in particular, whether they raised, or intend to raise, in any such discussions the reports of (1) the bombing of civilian areas in Metina, Zap and Avashin, and (2) the use of white phosphorus weapons.

Answered on

1 July 2021

The UK has not made representations to Turkey following recent airstrikes in northern Iraq but we continue to follow the situation closely. We reiterate the importance of dialogue and cooperation between Iraq and Turkey to combat terrorism, ensure regional security, and protect civilians. We welcome recent discussions between Iraqi and Turkish Defence Ministers regarding Ankara's military operations against the PKK in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.