>> They've been told to cancel it, by pretty much everyone. But the Kurdish regional government in Northern Iraq is pressing ahead with a Monday vote on independence statehood. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi asking the Kurds this week to cancel, calling instead for a direct dialogue. Another country watching very closely is Turkey.
They have the largest Kurdish population in the region. While in the south of Turke,y Kurds are welcoming the planned vote. Ankara is warning that any breakup of neighboring Iraq or Syria could lead to a wider conflict. Reuters Turkey Bureau Chief, Dominic Evans.>> The Turkish government is anxious that any move towards independence in northern Iraq could embolden Kurdish PKK fighters who've been waging a three decade insurgency in southeast Turkey.
So, the Turkish army launched military drills right on the border with Iraq this week. President Erdogan followed that up with a warning that Turkey could implement sanctions against the Kurdish Authorities in Northern Iraq. He hasn't specified what their sanctions could be, but Turkey has very strong trade ties with the Kurdish region.
And the Cabinet and Security Council are meeting to discuss what further response Turkey could take.>> Turkey has joined forces with Iran and Iraq to consider counter measures. The trio have also voiced concerns the referendum will endanger gains Iraq has made against Islamic State. But the Kurds say they are determined to go ahead with the vote.
Though nonbinding, it could trigger the process of separation in a country already deeply divided along sectarian and ethnic lines.