TEHRAN, Sep. 20 (Press Shia Agency) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once again called on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to cancel its planned independence referendum, warning that such move could spark new crises in the region.

“There is a need for consensus that would be reached based on the territorial integrity of Iraq and realization of the ideals to build a common future. Steps such as demands for independence that might cause new crises and clashes in the region should be avoided,” Erdoğan said speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, according to Hurriyet Daily.

“From here, we are calling on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional administration to give up its attempt initiated in this direction. Disregarding Turkey’s clear and determined stance on this issue can pave the way for a process that would deprive the Iraqi Kurdish regional administration of the opportunities in its hand,” he said, urging cooperation to provide peace and stability in the region.

Last week, Iraqi lawmakers voted against the independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the Kurdish Regional Government.