Ref­er­en­dum ‘bad idea’

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ANKARA: Iraqi Kur­dis­tan’s planned in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum is a “ter­ri­ble mis­take” to­ward achiev­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity, the Turk­ish for­eign min­istry said on Fri­day.

“The de­ci­sion to hold a ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence (Kur­dish au­ton­omy in Iraq) is a ter­ri­ble mis­take,” the min­istry said.

Ankara fol­lows the “fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple” of pre­serv­ing Iraq’s “ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and po­lit­i­cal unity”.

Kur­dish me­dia re­ported last week the ref­er­en­dum would be held on Septem­ber 25. – Sput­nik

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