Turkey Says Kurdistan Referendum Could Lead To Civil War
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned a planned referendum on independence of Kurdistan could lead to a civil war in the region.
Cavusoglu said during an interview with broadcast TRT Haber on Wednesday (August 16) that the referendum could make the situation in the region worse and even lead to a civil war.
Kurdish authorities have said they will go ahead with the referendum on independence on September 25 despite concerns from Iraq's neighbors who have Kurdish minorities within their borders, and a U.S. request to postpone it.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister and government spokesman Bekir Bozdaf said on Tuesday that Kurdish independence violates Iraq's constitution and will further destabilize the region.
"This decision by Iraqi regional government would contribute to instability in region," Bozdaf told a news conference after a cabinet meeting in Ankara, adding the decision to go ahead with the vote violates the constitution of Iraq.
The Kurdistan Region declared on June 7 a plan to hold the referendum on the region’s independence this year on September 25.
The announcement came following a meeting between the region’s political parties, not including the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).
The decision has concerned Iraq, the United States, Britain, Russia and Germany and Iran.