Turkey Slams Iraqi Kurds’ Independence Vote

Turkey Slams Iraqi Kurds’ Independence Vote

Turkey is criticizing Iraqi Kurdish officials’ decision to hold a referendum in Iraq’s autonomous northern region, calling it “a grave mistake.” In a statement released on Friday, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Iraq’s territorial integrity was a “precondition” for lasting stability for the country and called on Iraqi Kurds to be part of efforts to strengthen Iraq’s unity, AP reported. This week, Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, announced plans for a referendum on Sept. 25 on whether to secede from Iraq.  The vote would be held in three governorates that make up the Kurdish region and in the areas disputed by the Kurdish and Iraqi governments. Turkey, which is battling a Kurdish insurgency on its territory, is strongly opposed to moves toward Kurdish independence.


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