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de Brún plays key role at Conference on EU, Turkey and the Kurds

4 December, 2007


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún MEP will today play a key role at the Fourth International Conference on EU, Turkey and the Kurds. Ms de Brún will act as a moderator at the Brussels conference which is dedicated to the memory of the Kurdish Writer Mehmet Uzun and organised by the EU Turkish Civic Committee (EUTCC).

Speaking in advance of today's conference, Ms de Brún said

"The EU Turkish Civic Committee was established in order to monitor and conduct regular audits of the European Commission's performance in ensuring Turkey's full compliance with the accession criteria as defined within the meaning of the accession agreements. Patrons include professor and writer Noam Chomsky and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

"I am pleased to be assisting with today's conference in my role as moderator for the session dealing with the ongoing conflict in Turkey and the accession process. Exploring the international context in terms of political development in Turkey in relation to regional and global conflict, we will also be looking at the need for democratic participation, political representation and the role of civil actors. We will also look at the applicability of humanitarian law to the current conflict between Turkey and the PKK.

"Today's conference will assist with the process of improving support for the peace process in the region. There are clear roles to be played by the European Union, European governments and NGOs."

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