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Thursday, May 27, 1999 Published at 15:49 GMT 16:49 UK


World: Europe

Kurdish meeting held in Holland


Some two-hundred Kurds from Europe, the Middle East, Iran and Turkey have held a meeting in Holland to discuss the problems of Kurds.

The partcipants included twenty-nine Kurdish organisations and some members of the Kurdistan Workers' party, the PKK, whose leader is in jail in Turkey on charges of treason.

The two-day meeting in Amsterdam began on Tuesday with an address from Yasar Kaya, head of the self-declared Kurdish parliament-in-exile.

A spokesman said the gathering was an attempt to get the Kurdish question on the international agenda.

Turkey has protested to the Dutch government for allowing the meeting, which Ankara described as a venue for pro-PKK propaganda, to be held on its soil.

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