– Turkey may soon close the border with Iraqi Kurdistan, the statement said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which was published on Thursday the newspaper “Hurriyet” .
“So far, we have not closed the borders, but it can happen at any moment,” Erdogan said.
“Our negotiations with Iraq, what can we do continue. If they (the regional government of Iraqi Kurdistan) will hand over control of checkpoints to the Central government, we will put the condition that the Central government should fulfill all the needs of residents of the Northern part of Iraq,” – said the President of Turkey.
This statement Erdogan made in the evening of 17 October, but the newspaper publishes it on Thursday.
He also said that in a short time in Baghdad from Ankara will head the delegation, which will include three or four Ministers, led by Minister of foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu. In addition, shortly for talks in Ankara can arrive Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
17 Oct Turkey banned the aircraft from the territory of Iraqi Kurdistan, to enter the country’s airspace. In late September, Ankara imposed a ban on flights to the Kurdish region of Iraq.
These measures were taken in response to the holding at the end of September of the referendum on self-determination of Kurdistan. The authorities of Baghdad and Ankara do not recognize the results of the referendum and consider it illegal.