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Turkey: Kurdistan referendum could lead to ‘unwanted consequences’

By Rudaw 17/7/2017
Turkey: Kurdistan referendum could lead to ‘unwanted consequences’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chairs a meeting of the National Security Council. Photo: AA
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan’s independence referendum may lead to “unwanted consequences,” Turkey’s security board warned on Monday. 

“It has been underlined that the referendum decision taken by the KRG [Kurdistan Regional Government] cannot be implemented – de jure and de facto – and that this is a grave mistake and can lead to unwanted consequences,” the National Security Council said in a written statement after its bi-monthly meeting, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

The meeting was chaired by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and attended by top military and civilian officials. 

Turkey has warned the Kurdistan government that holding the historic vote on independence on September 25 would be a “grave mistake.”

Turkey, like other regional and international countries, supports a united Iraq. 

Also on Monday, Iran warned that the referendum would isolate and weaken Kurdistan. 

Iran and Turkey both have their own restive Kurdish populations. KRG officials have repeatedly made it clear that their independence aspirations are for Iraqi Kurdistan only.


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Wêlat | 17/7/2017
If independence leads to destabilizing the whole colonialist middle east region in the eyes of our enemy's, while defending your own heritage after 94 years and hundreds of years of fake dialogs and fake fascists nationality's that is called Turkey, Ottomans, Iran, Iraq and Syria and repression of assimilation by these fascist colonial states, than so be it! Unity is in our favour! Freedom is our cause! Defending mountains of Kurdistan is our duty!
Muraz Adzhoev | 17/7/2017
If Ankara really wants to avoid "unwanted consequences" for Turkey, the authorities of the country should respect the political and national will of the People of Southern Kurdistan and recognize sovereign independence of its new friendly neighbor from deadly failed and divided Iraq. Turkey has to admit facts and prevent real threats to its sovereignty and integrity, which are not coming from independent Kurdistan and the Kurdish nation as a whole. Ankara would better respect and think about the national and cultural rights of the Kurds in Turkey.
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 18/7/2017
I have decided that my intended comment would not be fit for mixed company.
rastgo. rastgo | 18/7/2017
Turkey is just lying and threating the Kurds und their leadership. Nobody has the right to stop the Kurds from using their legitimate right of independence.
Muraz Adzhoev | 18/7/2017
Friendship, partnership and cooperation between Turkey and Kurdistan will pave the way to peace, security, stability and development for both sides, both nations and the whole Greater Middle East region. Ankara has to realize mutual advantages of bilateral political, economic and humanitarian relations between Turkey and Kurdistan.
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