Turkey said on Monday it will take “all measures” under international law if the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum being held on Monday generates threats to Turkey’s national security.
Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement as voting started in northern Iraq in a referendum organized by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), despite regional and international concerns that it will fuel instability and violence across the Middle East.
The ministry said it did not recognize the referendum and would view its outcome as null and void, adding that the KRG was threatening the peace and stability of Iraq and the whole region.
It warned of the possibility of “radical elements and terrorists” engaging in acts which target national security in the aftermath of the referendum.
“We stress again that we will take all measures arising from international law and the Turkish parliament’s authority in the face of every kind of threat to our national security in Iraq generally,” the ministry said.