> Iraq's Prime Minister delivered a last-minute appeal for the results to be cancelled, and is refusing to enter breakup talks.
This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Iraq's Kurds. There was a large turn up fp this referendum. And while they may have voted yes for statehood, there's no guarantee that their wishes will become a reality anytime soon.>>
Instead, Parliament voted to send more troops to Kurdistan, and has given the Kurdish Regional Government until Friday to hand over control of its airports. The Kurds are refusing and flights are being cancelled. Iran and Turkey with their own Kurdish populations, closing ranks around Baghdad. Their armies carrying out joint-exercises near their borders with Iraqi Kurdistan.
This is unchartered territory, and there's fears of a new regional conflict. The Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, warning citizens they might face hardships, but to remain united. Down in Erbil's main market, people are defiant and nervous.>> Everybody in Kurdistan, they're worried about border, because now Turkish government, or Erdogan government, they want to close all the border from Kurdistan.
>> I am not scared for business because Kurdish in the life, in the past, always have this problem, Turkish and Iran and Syria. Kurdish not scared.>> Kurds have an old saying, they have no friends but the mountains. As pressure mounts around them to abandon this bid, they may be hoping for a friend to step in.