Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki had sharply criticized the Kurdish plans.
On Wednesday he said that an indenpence referendum would be "unconstitutional", adding that Kurdistan is a part of Iraq and he warned the Kurdistan Regional Government that its attempt to hold an independence vote will “damage them a lot.” He emphasized that the KRG is part of Iraq and said that ''no one has the right to exploit the events that took place to impose a fait accompli, as happened in some of the actions of the Kurdistan region. his is rejected,” Al Maliki said in a televised address, adding that no one is allowed to take advantage of the current crisis in order to reap their own benefits.
Barzani, however., has described the current crisis in Iraq as the handiwork of Maliki. “We warned Maliki six months ago about what's happening but he did not listen and these are the consequences. What we see today on the ground is due to the failure of Maliki's policy in Iraq,” Barzani told Kurdish lawmakers.