Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'illegitimate,' Tillerson says

Laura Christensen
October 2, 2017

Iran, Iraq and Turkey - three countries with large Kurdish populations - are imposing restrictions on Iraqi Kurds following the Kurdish independence referendum this week that passed with more than 92 percent of the vote.

They will not enter the Kurdish region, but instead Iraqi customs administrators backed by the troops will set up control points just outside the Kurdish border stations, the officials said.

Prior to the fuel embargo, Tehran had already suspended flights between Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran and readied missile systems along the Iran-Iraq border.

Nearly 93 per cent of Iraqi Kurds who took part in the referendum voted for independence and a formal split from Baghdad to form an autonomous Kurdish region.

Baghdad has closed Kurdish airspace and vowed to take control of the autonomous region's external borders.

Iraqi state television reported that Iraqi military envoys visited the border of Kurdistan from the Iranian side.

Jazayeri said the decision to have some Iraqi military units participate came during a meeting Saturday of the chiefs of Iranian armed forces.

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On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron offered Baghdad to help "ease tensions" with the Kurdistan Regional Government that governs parts of northern Iraq.

The plebiscite angered Iraq's neighbours - Turkey, Iran and Syria - who are concerned it could encourage their own Kurdish minorities to break away.

Another discount airline in the United Arab Emirates says it is suspending its flights to Irbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish region, after Baghdad order a halt to service in response to the Kurds' independence referendum.

Turkey fears that the creation of a kurdish State on its border does not make oil spot, so that Ankara is facing a bloody rebellion, a separatist movement in the south-east of its territory.

Urging both sides to find a calm end to vocal recriminations and threats of reciprocal actions the head of USA diplomacy called on Iraqi Kurdish authorities to respect the constitutionally-mandated role of the central government.

Earlier on Friday, a ban imposed by Iraq's central government on worldwide flights to Kurdistan went into effect after the KRG rejected a demand to hand over control of its global airports in Erbil and Sulaimaniya.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has refused to hand over control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government, as demanded by Iraq, Iran and Turkey in retaliation for the independence referendum.

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