Erdogan Says Turkey to Impose More Sanctions against Kurdistan Region
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday (October 3) Turkey will impose further sanctions on the Kurdistan Region over the independence referendum.
“We are managing with some embargoes in northern Iraq for now, but if they don’t come to their senses, this will continue increasingly,” Erdogan told lawmakers from his ruling AK Party.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency that Turkey would resume relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) after it fixed the referendum “mistake” by taking necessary steps.
"It is still not too late for Barzani administration to take steps" Cavusoglu said.
Kurds held the vote on the referendum despite threats to block it from Iraq, Iran and Turkey, the region's main link to the outside world. With 30 million ethnic Kurds scattered across the region, mainly in Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria, governments fear the spread of separatism to their own Kurdish populations.
Erdogan on September 26 warned the people of the Kurdistan Region would starve when Turkey blocked its trucks from crossing the border.
He also threatened to cut off the pipeline that carries oil from northern Iraq to the outside world.