The U.K. Parliament’s House of Lords hosted a meeting where the participants conveyed support for the PKK terrorist group’s leader Abdullah Öcalan and praised him.

While the incident raised eyebrows in Ankara, the British Embassy claimed yesterday that the event had no relation with the U.K. government and was organized independently of it.

In relation to the incident the British Embassy in Ankara told Daily Sabah that “the meeting took place in the House of Lords on Feb. 15. The event was organized by the ‘Freedom for Öcalan’ campaign group. This event was organized completely independently of the U.K. Government.”

İlham Ahmed, a so-called leader from the PKK’s Syrian affiliate the People’s Protection Unit (YPG) and Hişyar Özsoy, a deputy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) reportedly attended the meeting.

Accordingly, speaking at the meeting, Ahmed underlined that the ongoing civil war in Syria which caused the death of 1 million people was an “opportunity” for them, referring to the emergence of the YPG in the region. “Kurds used the opportunity [that] appeared in 2011 well,” İlham said and added that yet “there was pressure on Öcalan who is the mastermind of this plan.”