Monday, September 25, 2017

Erdogan outlines actions against N.Iraq. Referendum "is null and void"

ongoing military drill at the Turkey's border with northern Iraq
Turkey will take political, economic, commercial and security steps against northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), as it is holding a referendum for an independent state, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.

Speaking to a press conference in Istanbul, Erdogan said the referendum was null and void to Turkey.

“Regardless of the results, the referendum, which is not in conformity with the current law in Iraq, is null and void for us, we call it illegitimate,” Erdogan said.

He reiterated Turkey’s support for Iraq’s territorial integrity and social unity. “And we will work to ensure that.”

“We are taking all kind of steps in northern Iraq, particularity on political, economic, commercial and security issues,”

He pointed to the ongoing military drill at the Turkey's border with northern Iraq, adding that more measures would be announced soon.

  • “At the same time, the [Turkish] Air Force is in the same situation and only permits passage to the Iraqi border," he said.

"We will immediately announce other measures and steps taken this week.”

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