Iranian, Turkish Top Generals Warn of Repercussions of Iraqi Kurdish Referendum

Violet Powell
September 15, 2017

The parliament in Baghdad authorised the prime minister to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity in response to the move to hold an independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region on September 25.

Iraqi Kurdish oil is exported through Turkey, a key economic lifeline for the region.

"He (Kareem) is an elected governor of the council of Kirkuk", said Hoshyar Zebari, a close adviser to President Barzani.

Iraqi Kurdish leaders must be prepared to face the consequences if they unilaterally declare independence and find implementation more hard than they expected, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Wednesday.

Iraqi parliamentarians have rejected the legitimacy of the vote and the central government in Baghdad which is strongly opposed to this move has said it will do everything possible to keep the unity of the country intact.

The Iraqi Kurdish government's "insistence on the referendum despite all friendly advice will definitely have a cost", the ministry said, urging Erbil to return from their "erroneous approach".

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In a recent visit to Turkey, Major General Baqeri said Tehran and Ankara share a common view on the Iraqi Kurds' decision to hold an independence referendum.

The Kurdish presidency said the autonomous region's political leaders would study the proposal, without giving details.

"In that country (Iraq), which has been through so many problems, a referendum on independence can make the situation even worse", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state TRT Haber broadcaster.

Kalin on Thursday said: "There will absolutely be consequences for this referendum decision", without elaborating further.

Iraqi Kurdistan has effectively been a semi-autonomous state since the fall of Saddam Hussein more than a decade ago, but support for full independence has always been opposed by Turkey, Iran and Syria, who fear it could fan separatist uprisings among their own ethnic Kurds.

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