TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A senior adviser to Iraqi President Fuad Massoum denounced a unilateral plan by officials in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region to hold an independence referendum and said the objectives behind the vote have not been clarified yet.

“In my opinion, not only hasn’t the ground been prepared for the referendum but also the objectives behind holding it are not clear yet,” Latif Rashid said in an interview with the Press Shia News Agency.

He underlined that the way should be paved for such an important issue through the Iraqi parliamentarians.

The Iraqi top advisor added that the parliament did not have enough time to examine and analyze various dimensions of the issue.

Officials in Iraq’s Kurdish Region have said the northern territory would hold the independence referendum on September 25.

Masoud Barzani, the president of the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), announced the vote on Twitter on June 7.

It is planned to be held in the three governorates that make up the Kurdish region and in the areas that are disputed by the Kurdish and Iraqi governments but are currently under Kurdish military control.

The disputed areas include the key oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

Iran has voiced opposition to the plan, reiterating its policy of supporting Iraq’s territorial integrity.