The United Nations said it will not be “engaged in any way or form” in the process surrounding the independence referendum in Iraq’s northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region planned for September.
Meanwhile, both Turkey and Iran have opposed the independence referendum. However, the Iraqi Kurds say that the regional countries should not interfere in the Kurdistan region’s affairs.
“When we talk about a referendum, we talk about Kurdistan in Iraq only,” KRG’s foreign relations chief Falah Mustafa Bakir said, in a message to the neighbouring countries that have their own Kurdish populations, and fear Kurdish independence will inspire their own Kurds to seek more independence.
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