Turkish Cabinet Adopts Contingency Plan for Kurdish Vote to Split from Iraq

Pauline Gross
September 24, 2017

Today, Turkey's National Security Council will meet to formulate its official response to the planned September 25 Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum.

The Kurdish official said that the reports quoted Pavel Talabani, the son of former President Jalal Talabani, who was expressing his personal opinion.

It once again urged the Kurdish Regional Government to cancel the referendum which it said was "threatening Turkey's national security".

Iran and Turkey both have sizeable Kurdish populations of their own and fear the vote will stoke separatist aspirations at home. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the price would be high "for all Iraqis, including Kurds".

Yildirim spoke to reporters hours before Turkey's political and military leaders met to consider possible sanctions and other measures against Iraq's Kurdish region if it goes ahead with the vote on Monday.

The vote comes days before the Iraqi Kurdish referendum, but the two elections are not related.

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Turkey reserves its sovereign rights under worldwide accords should the Kurdish referendum go ahead, the statement added, signaling an extension of military presence in Iraq.

Hoshiyar Zebari, a top adviser to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, told Reuters on Saturday that a delegation has been dispatched to Baghdad to conduct a dialogue with the Iraqi government.

The UN Security Council's vote is meant to reflect fears of nations across the world that, if the right to self-determination becomes commonplace, they'll lose territory.

Ahmed al-Asadi says the Shiite militias were pushing west of the IS-held town of Hawija on Friday, following the formal launch of the operation to retake the area - one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq - the previous day.

Addressing parliament on a motion to extend the government mandate to deploy troops in Iraq and Syria, Nurettin Canikli signaled that he supports a peaceful resolution of the disputes between the KRG and the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. They have been an integral part of the US -led strategy to counter the Islamic State in the region.

"We're ready for a fight to the death", said Atef Annajar, whose group is dominated by Iran-backed Shiite militias, adding however that "the leadership is trying to calm the situation".

Other reports by GizPress

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