World Bulletin / News Desk
Ibrahim Kalin, a top aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his views in a column penned for Turkey's Daily Sabah newspaper.
"The Kurdish leadership in Irbil is endangering the political and economic interests of their own people by going for the breaking of Iraq and alienating themselves from their closest ally Turkey," he wrote.
According to Kalin, the decision to hold referendum "has already triggered a major crisis across the region and the globe."
"More tremors are expected in the coming days," he wrote, and warned: "There will be serious consequences and they will be felt at various levels."
On Monday, the non-binding referendum saw Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas -- and in a handful of territories disputed between Irbil and Baghdad -- vote on whether or not to declare independence.
Along with Iraq’s central government, Turkey, the U.S., Iran and the UN spoke out against the referendum, saying it would distract from the ongoing fight against Daesh and further destabilize the region.
On Sept. 22, Turkey's National Security Council meeting ended with a statement that the referendum is "illegal and unacceptable," Kalin recalled and added the U.S. administration as well as the United Nations, European and Gulf countries called on Irbil to cancel or postpone the referendum.
He noted that no country supports the breaking up of Iraq except Israel.