Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Friday that the United Nations might get involved in the controversy over the KRG's independence referendum plans in the upcoming days.Speaking to reporters in Ankara following Friday prayers, Yıldırım called on KRG leader Masoud Barzani to turn back from the decision to hold the vote, calling it "a grave mistake".
While attending a news conference in Irbil, McGurk said moving forward with the referendum on September 25 would be a "risky" move for Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region because the move lacked global support.He noted that Belgium, Britain, France and Iraq have jointly developed an "alternative plan" for the referendum.
USA officials, however, remain insistent: "There is no chance that this referendum, which will be held on September 25, will be given worldwide legitimacy ..."
McGurk said he was optimistic Kurdish leaders would accept an alternative plan that would focus on dialogue between the region and Baghdad and postpone the referendum.
Downplaying his removal, Karim told Reuters the vote will take place. The President of the autonomous Iraqi Kurdish Region, Masoud Barzani, brushed aside demands for postponement last month saying it was "absolutely impossible".
The non-binding referendum will see residents in provinces controlled by the KRG vote on independence from Baghdad.
During the call between the Turkish and Iraqi leaders, prime minister Binali Yildirim expressed concerns that the vote is a danger to "the security of the region and the safety of its people", and "affirmed Turkey's support for all the steps taken by the Iraqi government to preserve the unity of Iraq", the statement from al-Abadi's office said.
The neighboring countries of Turkey, Iran and Syria also feel that the move would threaten their territorial integrity, as large numbers of Kurdish population live in those countries.
USA officials say peshmerga's cooperation with the Iraqi army played a critical role in removing IS from Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul. Both the central government of Iraq and the Kurds claim them as their own. They say a Kurdish bid for independence will disrupt that cooperation and may result in a war between the region and the central government, particularly on the fate of disputed territories.
IS in Iraq is on the verge of defeat, with Iraqi forces, backed by the US -led coalition, recapturing most of the areas once controlled by the terror group.