Leaders have responded to the notion of a Kurdish Independence referendum, with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan leading the charge against the vote, saying it will only lead to further instability in an already vulnerable region.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Erdogan said new conflicts must be avoided at all costs.
He said: “We hereby call on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government to abort the initiative they have launched in that direction.
“Ignoring the clear and determined stance of Turkey on this matter may lead to a process that shall deprive the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government even the opportunities they currently enjoy.”
“New crises in the region, such as bids for independence, could spark new conflicts and must therefore be avoided at all costs … We urge Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government to abort the steps they have taken in that direction,” he continued.