Turkey warns Arbil to avoid emotional statements

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Thursday that there would be a "price to pay" should the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq insist on holding the independence referendum, Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported.

Sadr indicated that other Arab states feared that the Iraqi Kurdistan's independence referendum might trigger similar acts outside Iraq and lead to unmanageable processes in the Middle East. Despite calls from Baghdad and the United States to postpone the vote, Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region is pressing ahead with plans to hold a referendum on independence September 25.

A Foreign Ministry statement released Thursday also welcomed an Iraqi parliament vote that rejected the September 25 referendum as unconstitutional.

Turkey, too, rejects the planned referendum, saying the region's stability depends on the unity of Iraq and the maintenance of its territorial integrity.

Turkey's foreign ministry, in a statement on Thursday, said: "We find the (Iraqi Kurdish) leadership's insistent stance regarding the referendum and its increasingly emotional statements worrying".

Iraqi Foreign Ministry's Spokesman Ahmed Gamal said in a statement that the Arab League council unanimously adopted a resolution refusing Kurdistan independence referendum, the report said.

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The premier's remarks came after Iraqi House of Representatives voted to reject a poll on Kurdish regional independence.

More than 15 million Kurds live in Turkey, a lot of them in areas bordering Iran, Iraq and Syria in the south.

This is not the first time Netanyahu has voiced support for an independent Kurdish state - he backed the Kurds' "aspirations for independence" in a speech in 2014.

"His endorsement also clashes with both the U.S. and Turkish positions", says Bloomberg.

With a population of around 5 million people, Iraq's Kurdish region already enjoys a high degree of autonomy.

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