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Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish referendum move will have a cost

ANKARA – Ankara welcomed an Iraqi parliament move to reject a referendum on Kurdish independence and warned the semi-autonomous Kurdish region that insisting on the plebiscite would have a cost, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

 

The parliament in Baghdad authorized the prime minister on Tuesday to "take all measures" to preserve Iraq's unity in response to the move to hold a referendum on Sept. 25.

 

"We find the (Iraqi Kurdish) leadership's insistent stance regarding the referendum and its increasingly emotional statements worrying," Turkey's foreign ministry said in a written statement.

 

"It should be noted that this insistence will definitely have a cost," it added. "We call on them to act with good sense and abandon this erroneous approach immediately."