PM repeats Turkey’s opposition to Kurdistan Region referendum
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has reiterated Turkey’s strong opposition against the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous government’s bid to hold an independence referendum late September, describing the move as a “grave mistake.”

 “This referendum should not be carried out. Problems are already at the highest level in the region. Adding yet another problem would have not a single contribution to the region and to regional countries,” Yildirim told reporters at a reception held late Sept. 5 to mark the beginning of the judicial year, Hurriyet daily reported.

Regional countries, Turkey and Iran as well as Iraq have announced their opposition to the plan.

 “We have always stressed that the decision of the regional government in northern Iraq to hold a referendum is a grave mistake. We continue to think this way,” Yildirim said. He said his government and its main supporter, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), have no disagreement on this issue, despite reports suggesting the opposite.

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News Code: 16932  |  Date: 2017/09/06  |  Time: 13 : 56

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