Iranian Official: Kurdish Independence Move Could Lead To 20-Year Conflict

Iranian Official: Kurdish Independence Move Could Lead To 20-Year Conflict

 The Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei, has warned that a move by the Kurdish authorities towards an independent state could lead to 20-years of conflict and insecurity in the aftermath of the disintegration.

“Iraq is a well-known nation and a member of the United Nations with international borders, and its breakdown is therefore a huge mistake since the measure would mark the onset of dangerous insecurities inside the region,” Razaei was quoted by Iran's semi-official MEHR News Agency.

He expressed a warning that as a result of the independence referendum scheduled to be held on Sept. 25, a war could erupt between Erbil and Baghdad in the outcome of which “the Kurdistan Region will suffer damages and unrest.”

He said the Kurdish independence referendum failed to gain support from the United Nations, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Iraq due to their concerns that it could lead to a 20-year war.

“Islamic Republic of Iran, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq are all opposed the plan for the same reason,” said Rezaei.

According to Rezaie, there is a “personal motive” behind the referendum bid to declare a Kurdish state and he added the referendum comes at a time when there is lack of progress and security in the Kurdistan Region.

“Unfortunately, the issue of the referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan is more of a personal issue than a popular demand as many Kurdish leaders are against it,” Rezaie was cited by MEHR News Agency as saying.

The referendum scheduled for September 25 has also concerned Britain, Russia and Germany.

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 following a meeting between the region’s political parties, not including the Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Islamic Group (KIG).