TEHRAN, Sep. 24 (Press Shia) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildirim termed a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq as “illegitimate”.

“Any status change, any new formation on the southern frontiers of Turkey will never be tolerated,” Yildirim said while speaking at ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s ordinary district congress meeting in the capital’s Mamak district.

Describing the referendum as “null and void”, he said that Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) would be responsible for the possible developments after the referendum.

“This referendum will not solve any problems of the Kurdish Regional Government. This referendum will not resolve any issues between the central government in Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government,” he said.

Instead, Yildirim said, the referendum would further “fuel existing instability, authority gap and chaos in the region”.
AA/Press Shia