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Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence to be threat for Turkey – Vahram Petrosyan

YEREVAN, JUNE 17, ARMENPRESS. The independence of Iraqi Kurdistan will cause serious changes in the region, Vahram Petrosyan – head of YSU Department of International Relations and Diplomacy, head of the Division of Armenian-Kurdish relations, told a press conference in Armenpress, stating that the referendum is linked with numerous internal and external factors.

“I want to state that holding independence referendum and the state’s independence are not the same. Today there are numerous internal and external problems. The inner-political situation in the country is critical. Various Kurdish parties have serious controversies especially on the referendum issue. If the ruling party believes that now it is the most appropriate moment to hold the referendum, many Kurdish organizations say at the moment it’s inappropriate for it”, Vahram Petrosyan said.

Petrosyan said the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan will be a threat for Turkey, and the Kurdish people of Turkey will be engaged in the referendum processes before and after it.

As for other foreign forces, Petrosyan stated that only Israel announces that it supports independence of Kurdistan, but the remaining states as well are not against the Kurdish people’s right to self-determination.

“But here I want to note one factor: international big powers announce that the time is not appropriate, and this means that they are not against the fact of Kurdistan’s independence, they simply state that time is not convenient for holding it”, he said.

Iraqi Kurdistan authorities announced that a referendum on independence will be held on September 25.


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