Turkey, which is home to the largest Kurdish population in the region, fears that the Kurdistan plebiscite would embolden the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in its push for autonomy in Turkey's southeastern areas. "You can't call off a referendum in exchange for negotiations where one side has said the only solution is going to be on their terms and not what you want". "We said we would talk to Baghdad before, during and after the referendum".
With conspicuous timing, Turkey on Monday launched a military drill involving 100 vehicles including tanks on the Iraqi border, which was continuing for a fourth day according to Turkish media reports.
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Turkey reserves its sovereign rights under global accords should the Kurdish referendum go ahead, the statement added, signaling an extension of military presence in Iraq.
Despite opposition from Turkey, Iraq and Iran as well as the US, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani insisted on Friday that the referendum would go ahead.
Hoshiyar Zebari, a top adviser to Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, told Reuters on Saturday that a delegation has been dispatched to Baghdad to conduct a dialogue with the Iraqi government.
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Though both Washington and Pyongyang have rejected the proposal, he said, "we believe that the potential is not yet exhausted". "Right now, North Korea is being told, 'renounce weapons and we'll lift sanctions", Lavrov said .
A "yes" vote in the independence referendum would not spell immediate independence for the Kurdish region, since the referendum does not have legal force. Opposing the upcoming referendum, the ministers noted that it violates the Iraqi constitution and expressed concern over the referendum creating further instability in the region.
The parliament will convene for an extraordinary meeting on Saturday in order to discuss policy on Iraq.
The UN Security Council warned on Thursday that the referendum was "potentially destabilizing". "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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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.