Turkish PM blasts Kurdish referendum as 'adventurism'

"The illegitimate and unacceptable nature of the referendum. has been specified once again", the National Security Council (MGK) said after a meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Barzani told Macron that the vote will go ahead as the world had failed to provide a convincing alternative that could take the place of the referendum and secure an independent state for Kurdistan.

The three states reaffirmed their commitment to Iraq's territorial integrity and emphasised their "unequivocal opposition to the referendum", in a joint statement released by the Turkish foreign ministry.

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Yildirim said the mandate to be voted on Saturday gives the military "to intervene on all kinds of developments that are against our country and threaten our national security". The war with the terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State, the decline in global crude oil prices and an "unjust decision" by Baghdad to cut its share of the budget left it with a "heavy financial strain".

The UN Security Council warned Thursday the referendum might destabilize the region still threatened by radical Islamic militancy.

The militants have now been driven from their northern Iraqi stronghold of Mosul but are still dug in near Kirkuk and are also operating across the border in Syria. Iran and Syria also worry that the vote will encourage secessionist ideas among their own Kurdish minorities. "We say that we are ready for serious open-minded dialogue with Baghdad, but after September 25, because now it is too late".

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"Baghdad has stated very clearly and publicly ... that they will only accept a solution within the Iraqi constitution, a constitution that they themselves have not honored", Galbraith said. "I don't support the referendum".

It is in an area disputed between Baghdad and the Kurds who claim it is theirs historically, since Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein chased them out and replaced them with Arabs.

It called for "dialogue and compromise" between the Kurdistan government and the central government in Baghdad. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict. The first electronic ballot for Kurds living abroad was cast overseas in China, according to the Kurdistan High Elections and Referendum Commission, which is administering the vote.

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