Iraq MPs sack Kirkuk governor over Kurd independence vote

Iraq MPs sack Kirkuk governor over Kurd independence vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday voiced his support for the Kurdish Regional Government's (KRG) controversial independence referendum in a move that defies regional and global powers opposing the vote.

Iraqi Kurdish leaders must be prepared to face the consequences if they unilaterally declare independence and find implementation more hard than they expected, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Wednesday.

"Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s", says Reuters, "viewing the minority ethnic group - whose indigenous population is split between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran - as a buffer against shared Arab adversaries".

He went on to point out that the region's Turkmen stood in strong opposition to the KRG's planned referendum on Kurdish regional independence, slated to be held later this month.

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Meanwhile, the leader of the Kurdish region of Iraq, Massoud Barzani, said the referendum is "a natural right".

"It is easy to declare whatever you want but it is not so easy to realize it", Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told Reuters on September 13 on the sidelines of an Arab League summit in Cairo, where the closing statement included a resolution calling the Kurdish referendum plan.

Iraqi Kurdish oil is exported through Turkey, a key economic lifeline for the region.

The ministry said it welcomed the decision made by the Iraqi parliament, adding that its vote was a "clear indicator of importance attached to Iraq's political unity and territorial integrity".

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Ownership of Kirkuk has always been disputed between Iraq and the Kurdish authorities.

A Kurdish leading party on Thursday rejected the decision of the move.

Jaafari said the worldwide community must offer financial and other support to Iraq for the rebuilding of Mosul and other cities retaken from Islamic State.

"The people of Kurdistan, including Kirkuk, will not abide by the decision of the Iraqi Parliament", the statement added.

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Iraqi neighbors - Turkey, Iran and Syria - oppose the referendum, fearing that it could fuel separatist moods among their own Kurdish minorities.

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