Turkey warns Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum "will pay the price"

Iraq Takes Similar Approach to Separatist Challenge as Spain

"Parliament obliged Prime Minister Haider Abadi to take all measures that preserve the unity of Iraq and start a dialogue to address the related problems between Baghdad and Erbil", Anadolu News agency quoted lawmaker Ali al-Safi as saying, referring to the capital of northern Iraq's Kurdish region.

The people of KRG, especially Kirkuk, will not be bound by the parliament's decision, a presidential statement said, adding the Kirkuk governor was elected to office and approved by the provincial council. "That is the only body that can remove him".

"The Kurdistan political leadership shall meet soon to discuss the alternative and the position of the Kurdistan Region will be declared as a result of that meeting", the statement said.

The decision sparked uproar and calls by member of parliaments and politicians to remove Karim from office.

Kurdistan Region's High Committee of Referendum announced earlier that the poll will be held on Sept 25.

According to the Kurdish Dwarozh news portal, Barzani has received the proposal to postpone the referendum.

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Both groups are based in Iraq.

U.S. Special Envoy to the Coalition Against Daesh urged Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq to halt the upcoming independence referendum, saying that there is an alternative. In Iraq, where they make up an estimated 15% to 20% of the population of 37 million, Kurds faced decades of brutal repression before acquiring autonomy following the 1991 Gulf War.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in June strongly criticised the referendum plan, calling it "an error" and "a threat" to Iraq's territorial integrity.

With the exception of Israel, nearly all Western countries friendly to the Iraqi Kurds have publicly opposed the Kurdish referendum.

Kurds, a people with a separate language and distinct culture from Arabs and Turks, live in parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

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