The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has warned the Iraqi Kurds that his government could intervene militarily if they insist on the referendum.
Mr. Abadi told in an interview with the Associated Press that “If the Iraqi population is threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily.”
Prime Minister Abadi added, “If you challenge the constitution and if you challenge the borders of Iraq and the borders of the region, this is a public invitation to the countries in the region to violate Iraqi borders as well, which is a very dangerous escalation.”
The newly issued statement by the Iraqi PM warns a new wave of violence in Iraq, the country yet to recover from the ISIS nightmare.
“I will never close the door to negotiations. Negotiations are always possible,” said the PM. But he added, “It will make it harder and more difficult.”
The White House has again urged the Kurds to abandon the referendum. The U.S. has called on the Iraqi Kurds to “enter into serious and sustained dialogue with Baghdad.”
The U.S. stance on the referendum according to the statement, “Holding the referendum in disputed areas is particularly provocative and destabilizing.”
Earlier the PM of Iraq, Mr. Abadi “called upon the Kurdish leadership to come to Baghdad and conclude a dialogue.”
The Kurds are often dubbed as “the largest ethnic group without a state,” a statement that has some doubt over its accuracy. However, there is no doubt the Kurds are a large group of people who have been deprived of a state of their own as promised.
In Iraq, the Kurdish people are the majority in at least three provinces. Kurdish people constitute around 17% of the country’s population. The neighboring countries of Iraq have also been dealing issues with their sum of Kurdish people since the Treaty of Sevres failed to give them a state of their own.
The Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al- Abadi describes the referendum as a “threat to … the civil peace and regional security.”