Turkish Minister Says Kurdistan Referendum To Harm Energy Cooperation
Turkish Minister of Energy Berat Albayrak said a decision by the Kurdish leaders to hold referendum on independence will harm its energy cooperation with Turkey.
Speaking to broadcaster Haberturk on Thursday (August 10), Albayrak said the decision would have a price for the Kurdistan Region.
The energy minister added stepping back from such a move would be right.
The Kurdistan Region declared on June 7 a plan to hold a referendum on the region’s independence this year on September 25.
The announcement came after a meeting between the region’s political parties, not including the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).
The decision by the Kurdistan Region’s authorities has concerned Iraq, the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, Turkey and Iran.
Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said during a TV Net program on Tuesday (August 1) that the planned referendum in the Kurdistan Region is not a way to resolve economic and security issues in Iraq.