Turkey said on Thursday the Iraqi Kurdish offer for last month’s referendum on ‘independence’ to be frozen is “not enough,” instead urging the Arbil government to cancel the vote.
“It is an important move that the northern Iraqi administration takes a step back but it is not enough. This referendum should be canceled,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference in Ankara.
Turkey, along with Baghdad and other neighboring countries, strongly opposed the Iraqi Kurds’ non-binding vote on separation (so-called independence).
The Kurdistan Regional Government, led by Massud Barzani, said on Wednesday it would propose to the federal government “the freezing of the results of the referendum… and the start of an open dialogue” on the basis of the constitution.