September 22, 2017 / 5:30 PM / a year ago

U.S. special envoy says Kurdish referendum has 'a lot of risks'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. presidential envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State insurgent group said on Friday that a referendum on Kurdish independence in northern Iraq “carries a lot of risks.”

U.S. envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, Brett McGurk, speaks with media during a briefing to Defeat ISIS and an update on the Coalition's efforts during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 22, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The envoy, Brett McGurk, told reporters: “The (Kurdish) referendum just carries an awful lot of risks and that’s not something the United States can control. ... In terms of the consequences of the referendum it’s not something that we can fully control, (it) just carries a lot of risks.”

Reporting by Rodrigo Campos; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by David Alexander

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