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Turkey urges Kurdistan to cancel ‘threatening’ referendum

By Rudaw 22/9/2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on Friday. Photo: Official
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a meeting of Turkey’s National Security Council on Friday. Photo: Official
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey has called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cancel Monday’s independence referendum, which is illegitimate, unacceptable, and a “direct threat” to Turkey’s security.

Turkey’s National Security Council met on Friday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presiding. After their meeting, the council issued a statement saying the referendum is “threatening Turkey’s national security,” according to Hurriyet Daily News. 

“The illegitimacy of the referendum announced by the KRG as on Sept. 25 and its unacceptance was once again specified. It was strongly stressed that this step which directly threatens Turkey’s national security was a grave mistake that threatens Iraq’s political unity and territorial integrity as well as peace, security and stability of the region,” the statement read.

The Security Council further stated that Turkey would reserve its rights arising from bilateral and international agreements if Kurdistan proceeds with the vote despite Turkey’s warnings. 

Earlier on Friday, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that it was not too late for Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani to give up on the referendum. 

“This referendum, which is opposed by the whole world and is illegal to international law, will not bring happiness to our Kurdish brothers in the region,” he said, according to state-run Anadolu Agency. 

He expressed specific concern over the ethnically diverse city of Kirkuk taking part in the vote. He said that 70 percent of Kirkuk’s original population was Turkmen and so holding a referendum in a city that had seen its demographic makeup changed would be “unlawful.”

He added that Turkey “will not hesitate and is determined to use its rights coming from international, national and bilateral treaties regarding its own national security.”

Turkish leaders have said they would consider imposing sanctions on Kurdistan if the vote goes ahead.

Speaking to tens of thousands at a rally in the Kurdistan capital on Friday, the last day of campaigning before Monday’s vote, Barzani said the vote would go ahead and people would have the choice between subordination within Iraq or the freedom of independence. 


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Musa | 22/9/2017
Basically what he is saying is that Turkish security is more important than Kurdish security. You can bark as much as you want erDOGan. Kurds will have their independence and you won't be able to do shit.
Sharif | 22/9/2017
Turkish National Council has not come up with something new. They are against anything Kurdish - KURDPHOBIA. Refrendum will take place as scheduled and you cannot do anything. The will of our people is stronger than your threats. Erdogan threatened to invade Russia and we all knowl what happened!!! He threatened Germany Holland France etc.. YES YES YES FOR INDEPELNDANCE.
Stewee Guy
Stewee Guy | 22/9/2017
If we kurds ask for our freedom they call it grave mistake. If we stay slaves to Turks and we forget our heritage and language we're called good citizens. We are KURDS and TURKS.
Muraz Adzhoev | 22/9/2017
In accordance with what principle and norms of the UN Charter and the international law, with what articles of the Iraqi Constitution or even with what provisions of the NATO Charter is the upcoming justified self-determination referendum on reintegration and independence of Southern Kurdistan from deadly failed Iraq "illegitimate, unacceptable, and a “direct threat” to Turkey’s security"? What does Ankara really want - civil war, disintegration and division of Turkey with catastrophic consiquenses? Is not peaceful and friendly relationship, mutually advantageous partnership and long-term cooperation with its new neighbor, sovereignly independent democratic, secular federative Kurdistan in favor of Turkey's security, integrity, unity, stability and development? Ankara, it is right time to turn to reality, because independent Kurdistan is already there bordering with Turkey and Iran. Turkey in caparison with Iran nowadays has much more positive, significant political, diplomatic, economic, humanitarian preconditions to create durable and reliable symbolic "two way bridge" between the Turkish people and the Kurdish people, the nation of Turkey and the nation of Kurdistan.
Meeran | 22/9/2017
Kurdistan is originally Kurdish not Turkmen, Turkey need to mind their own business

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