Turkey: Iraq's Kurds Will Pay 'price' for Independence Vote


This was announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the background of a referendum in Iraq about Kurdish independence, which the authorities in Baghdad oppose, Reuters reported.

Israel "supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state", Netantahu said in a statement.

The non-binding referendum will see residents of northern Iraq's Kurdish region controlled by KRG to vote on whether or not to declare formal independence from Baghdad.

In a recent visit to Turkey, Major General Baqeri said Tehran and Ankara share a common view on the Iraqi Kurds' decision to hold an independence referendum. "The referendum will go on as planned.The prime minister does not have the power to ask parliament to remove me".

Iraq's neighbors, including Iran and Turkey, are also strongly opposed to such a move.

The Kurds are spread across the region, with large populations in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran. He also denied that his party has voted against holding the independence vote in Kirkuk.

Kurds have long claimed Kirkuk and its huge oil reserves.

"We are depending on dialogue and also Arab, and non-Arab advocacy".

The Kurdish area of northern Iraq has enjoyed broad autonomy since the first Gulf War in 1991.

Israel supports the creation of a Kurdish state. "That is the only body that can remove him".

Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani sits with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim (R) during his visit in Kirkuk, Iraq September 12, 2017.

Kurdish MPs in Iraq's parliament boycotted Thursday's vote, which produced a majority for the governor's removal, lawmaker Husham al-Suhail told Reuters.

Western powers are anxious that the referendum in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, which includes the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, may divert attention from the war against the Islamic State.

Suhail gave no details about what Kareem was accused of and Kareem himself said he had not been informed.