News ID: 200573
Published: 0545 GMT September 14, 2017

Iran, Turkey warn of dangerous consequences of Kurdish referendum

Iran, Turkey warn of dangerous consequences of Kurdish referendum

Ahead of a controversial referendum in Iraq’s Kurdistan, the military chiefs of Iran and Turkey warned of dangerous consequences of the move on the possible secession of region.

In a phone conversation on Thursday, Iran's military Chief of Staff Mohammad Baqeri and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, said the fallout from the plebiscite on the regional security, peace and stability would be grave, Press TV reported.

They also underlined the need for coordination among Iraq’s neighbors to oppose the referendum and block secessionist plans in the region that could result in multiple political, social and security problems.

Moreover, the two generals discussed grounds for cooperation between Iranian and Turkish armed forces and stressed the importance they attach to boosting bilateral ties.

The Kurdish referendum is scheduled for September 25, but the central government in Baghdad as well as regional players like Iran and Turkey are opposed to the vote.

On Tuesday, the Iraqi Parliament voted against the plebiscite, prompting a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers.

Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri said the vote made it incumbent on the government to “take all steps to protect the unity of Iraq and open a serious dialogue” with Kurdish officials.

The Parliament on Thursday also voted to remove the governor of Kirkuk Najmaddin Kareem from office following a request from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Reuters reported.

The decision comes after Kirkuk – an oil-rich province – decided to take part in the referendum.

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani condemned the vote, saying that Baghdad had left no room for negotiations over the independence referendum, according to Kurdish TV channel Kurdistan 24.




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