Baghdad Would Not Support Any Unilateral Kurdish Steps Aimed at Independence

Iranian FM Spokesman United Iraq guarantor of all Iraqis' rights

In a statement released Friday, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Iraq's territorial integrity was a "precondition" for lasting stability for the country and called on Iraqi Kurds to be part of efforts to strengthen Iraq's unity.

The Kurdish outlet BasNews reports that non-Shiite Arab Iraqis also appear supportive of the move, with a Turkmen political leader expressing support for the "significant" measure, and a Yazidi leader stating, "Kurdish Yezidis support referendum and independence of Kurdistan Region".

"When we talk about a referendum, we talk about Kurdistan in Iraq only", KRG's foreign relations chief Falah Mustafa Bakir said, in a message to the neighbouring countries that have their own Kurdish populations, and fear Kurdish independence will inspire their own Kurds to seek more independence.

"We would like Iraq to continue as a state of all Iraqis. We believe it is not correct to create a new area of conflict", the premier told reporters.

In Baghdad's first comment on the Kurdish move, government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said Friday the Kurds can not take such a move alone.

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Yildirim noted that holding a referendum on independence of the autonomous Kurdistan Region in Northern Iraq is an irresponsible decision. "We appreciate and understand the legitimate aspirations of the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

"We can only warn against one-sided steps on this issue".

Kurdistan is recognized as a self-governing autonomous region within Iraq by the nation's 2005 constitution.

But there are major political and economic obstacles to Iraqi Kurdish independence. It has provided 32,000 assault rifles and machine guns, as well as other weapons valued at around 90 million euros since September 2014.

Hoshiyar Zebari also said a vote for secession would not mean the Kurds annexed either the oil-rich region of Kirkuk or three other disputed regions in Kurdish-controlled territory.

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