Turkish authorities will only treat young people as "unaccompanied minors" if they are aged 11 or under, an ambassador for the country has revealed.
Turkish ambassador in London, Abdurrahman Bilgic, appeared before MPs at the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about three London schoolgirls who ran away to Syria via Istanbul.
Asked whether he thought authorities in Turkey should have stepped in to quiz the girls on whey they were in the country alone, he said that young people were only treated as "unaccompanied minors", and the appropriate protective actions taken, if they were aged under 12.
He said children and teenagers aged over 12 under 16 could only be treated as unaccompanied minors if there was a formal request ahead of the date of travel.
He added that through UK and Turkish authorities working together, sharing information and resources, he believed the three girls could be found and brought back home.
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