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Turkish FM: Iraq Kurdish referendum ‘will not bring stability or peace’

Talal Al-Haj

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In an interview with Al Arabiya News Channel’s UN Bureau Chief Talal Al-Haj, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Iraq’s Kurdish referendum would not being peace and stability to the region.

“Our position first of all is very clear about territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and also about the independence referendum, possible independence referendum, and which is a wrong decision, and we have made it very clear to Baghdad and also Erbil, through special envoys,” Cavusoglu told Al Arabiya.

Iraqi Kurds have announced a September 25 vote on the autonomous oil-rich region’s independence in a poll that Baghdad has argued would be unconstitutional.

Iraq’s supreme court stepped in on Monday ordering the suspension of the referendum while it examines whether the plebiscite would be constitutional.