Turkey: Iraq's Kurds Will Pay 'price' for Independence Vote

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu meets with Iraq's Kurdistan region's President Massoud Barzani in Erbil Iraq

But Barzani himself was later quoted by local media as telling a pro-independence rally the vote would go ahead on September 25 as planned.

The Iraqi parliament has voted to sack the governor of Kirkuk province amid rising tension ahead of a planned referendum on Kurdish independence. "Heading into a referendum for September 25, there is no prospect for worldwide legitimacy", Brett McGurk, a USA special envoy, told reporters September 14 after a delegation also including the United Nations and Britain met Kurdish President Massoud Barzani. "I will stay in office", he told Reuters.

"But regarding the referendum and the presented alternative, he said that 'it is not just my decision, and we will discuss this issue with the leadership of Kurdistan and will announce our stance in the near future", the statement from the presidency read.

He explained in Zakho that any "alternative" that does not guarantee the people of Kurdistan an independent state is not acceptable, something Barzani said they have been demanding from world powers since day one.

"If the only aim is to postpone the referendum, the postponement will never happen", Barzani said. Otherwise, the referendum would be held "at all costs", he added.

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Both the Catalans and Iraq's Kurds have tried to negotiate for more autonomy from their capitals but been rebuffed time and again.

Iraqi lawmakers say it will consolidate Kurdish control over several disputed areas, including oil-rich Kirkuk. The PKK is designated by the U.S.as a terrorist organization. Barazani - the surname of the Kurdistan Regional Government's President, Masoud Barazani, after the town of Barazan, is also common among Kurdish Jews.

The Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, are considered one of the most consistent and capable allies of the West in the fight against IS.

The ministry also expressed its support for Tuesday's decision by the Iraqi parliament to oppose the independence poll and called on the government in Baghdad to negotiate with the Erbil-based KRG.

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