March 2, 2015 / 9:04 AM / 3 years ago

Turkey to explore for oil in Iraq's Qandil area, peace talks to pave way: energy minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Monday Turkey will explore for oil in the Qandil region of Iraq and that a move towards disarmament by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) should pave the way for this to happen.

Turkey's Energy Minister Taner Yildiz speaks during a joint news conference in Baghdad January 18, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Yildiz told reporters Turkey owns blocks it wants to explore in the foothills of the Qandil mountains, a remote corner of Kurdish-run northern Iraq dominated by the PKK, which is negotiating a peace process with Turkish authorities to end a 30-year insurgency inside Turkey.

Reporting by Ayla Jean Yackley; Editing by Daren Butler

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