Turkey: Iraq's Kurds will pay 'price' for independence vote

Turkey: Iraq's Kurds will pay 'price' for independence vote

Turkey: Iraq's Kurds will pay 'price' for independence vote

Erbil. Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani vowed Friday to go ahead with the planned independence referendum on September 25 despite objections from Baghdad, neighboring countries and world powers, Daily Sabah writes.

By an overwhelming majority of deputies present, Iraq's Kurdish regional parliament on Friday passed a resolution to hold the September 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

All Kurdish members boycotted Thursday's session, while 187 mainly Arab and Turkmen legislators voted in favor, the two lawmakers said.

The legislative body has not convened since October 2015 because of political rivalry between the Kurdish parties. The governor has the right to appeal the decision, al-Karboli added.

Meanwhile, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar discussed the independence referendum with his Iranian counterpart, Muhammed Bagheri, in a phone call yesterday.According to the statement of the Iranian General Staff, the generals remarked that the referendum will possibly have negative and unsafe effects for the region.

"There is no other way to guarantee that genocide will never be repeated", Khoshnaw told the assembly earlier, referring to the persecution of the Kurds and their expulsion from areas such as oil-rich Kirkuk under late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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Yildirim said he is expecting to see new developments regarding the issue after the UN's possible involvement.

Though McGurk did not provide details of the plan to the media, he said it has been presented to the KRG leaders. "It's decision time", he said.

Iraq's Kurdish region has enjoyed a high degree of autonomy since the US imposed a no-fly zone over northern Iraq after the 1990 Gulf War.

IS in Iraq is on the verge of defeat, with Iraqi forces, backed by the US -led coalition, recapturing most of the areas once controlled by the terror group. That was followed by two suicide bombers, including one driving an explosives-laden vehicle, he added.

Shiite Muslim-dominate Thi Qar is located about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad.

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