Iraq - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (16.10.17)

Q - The government in Baghdad asserts that PKK fighters are in Kirkuk province, where battles broke out between Kurdish and Iraqi forces. Do you have information to this effect? Are you afraid the situation will continue to deteriorate?

A - We call on all the parties to show restraint and refrain from any move likely to exacerbate tensions. It is vital for the regional government of Kurdistan and the Iraqi federal government to continue their dialogue. This dialogue must reflect respect for the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq and take into consideration the rights of the Kurds.

France’s position on the PKK is unwavering: it is a terrorist organization whose actions we condemn.

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