Turkey’s leader has echoed international warnings over northern Iraq’s proposed independence referendum. It comes amid fears in Ankara that a “yes” vote in will fuel Kurdish separatism in its southeastern region, where the outlawed PKK has waged a long insurgency.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a news conference on Sunday that Ankara and Baghdad shared the same view on the vote, adding that he would meet Iraq’s prime minister during his visit to the United States this week.
Iraq’s prime minister has said his country is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned referendum on September 25 results in violence.
The United States and other Western powers have advised Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region to cancel the vote.