Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 16
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
A referendum on the independence of Iraq’s Kurdish Autonomous Region will lead to a chaos there, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, the country’s media reported Aug. 16.
Al-Abadi noted that a referendum means changing the state border of Iraq, and this is inadmissible for the country.
A referendum on the independence of Erbil cannot be held unilaterally, he said.
Iraq’s Kurdish Autonomous Region will hold an independence referendum on September 25.
Earlier, Masoud Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, had warned that opposition to the referendum would be met with “a bloody war”.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that the Kurdish administration of Iraq will regret if it holds an independence referendum.
“Iraq’s integrity is a priority for Turkey,” noted Erdogan, adding that a referendum on independence of the Kurdish autonomy means the beginning of Iraq’s disintegration.
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