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"Statements since day one have made it evident that it had no international legitimacy," Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Chair Ozturk Yılmaz told Anadolu Agency.
"A difficult process -- one including Turkey -- has begun," said the opposition lawmaker of the aftermath of Monday’s illegitimate referendum by northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).
The illegitimate referendum saw Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas -- and in a handful of territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, including ethnically mixed Mosul and Kirkuk -- vote on whether or not to declare independence.
Numerous Turkmen, Arab, and Christian groups living in disputed areas of Iraq boycotted the illegitimate referendum.
Along with Iraq’s central government, Turkey, the U.S., Iran, and the UN spoke out against the illegitimate poll, saying it would distract from the ongoing fight against ISIL and further destabilize the region.
The CHP lawmaker said the illegitimate vote had worsened regional tensions, adding: "Though it has not reached the point of warmongering, I would like to express the CHP's concerns about some small incident possibly lighting the fuse due to the instability in the region."
"The CHP never wants to wage war. Nevertheless, Barzani has taken a very irresponsible and provocative step. This step will not strengthen the KRG's hand for legitimacy but rather weaken it," he said.