Kur­dish Vote “Danger­ous”

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN (PressTV) - The mil­i­tary chiefs of Iran and Turkey have warned of danger­ous con­se­quences of an up­com­ing ref­er­en­dum on the pos­si­ble se­ces­sion of Iraq’s Kur­dis­tan re­gion.

In a phone con­ver­sa­tion on Thurs­day, Iran’s mil­i­tary Chief of Staff Mo­ham­mad Baqeri and his Turk­ish coun­ter­part, Hu­lusi Akar, said the fall­out from the plebiscite on the re­gional se­cu­rity, peace and sta­bil­ity would be grave.

They also un­der­lined the need for co­or­di­na­tion among Iraq’s neigh­bors to op­pose the ref­er­en­dum and block se­ces­sion­ist plans in the re­gion that could re­sult in mul­ti­ple po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and se­cu­rity prob­lems.

More­over, the two gen­er­als dis­cussed grounds for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Ira­nian and Turk­ish armed forces and stressed the im­por­tance they at­tach to boost­ing bi­lat­eral ties. They fur­ther de­nounced the “in­hu­mane and op­pres­sive be­hav­ior” of the Myan­mar regime, call­ing on Mus­lim coun­tries and in­ter­na­tional bod­ies, par­tic­u­larly the United Na­tions, to take se­ri­ous ac­tion to­ward stop­ping geno­cide and dis­place­ment of the Ro­hingya Mus­lims. Baqeri and Akar also stressed the need for dis­patch of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the op­pressed Myan­mar Mus­lims to be ex­pe­dited. The Kur­dish ref­er­en­dum is sched­uled for Septem­ber 25, but the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Baghdad as well as re­gional play­ers like Iran and Turkey are op­posed to the vote. On Tues­day, the Iraqi par­lia­ment voted against the plebiscite, prompt­ing a walk­out by Kur­dish law­mak­ers.

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