Last edited on Aug-18-2014 at 00:17 AM (UTC3 Nineveh, Assyria)A call to revive the Assyrian National Project
To the Assyrian public in Iraq and the Assyrian Diaspora worldwide:
Our Assyrian nation is now at a clearly dangerous turning point amidst these hard circumstances of its contemporary history for it is facing a series of challenges and risks, particularly the projects aiming for considering the Assyrian people as a mere Christian religious component, and eliminating the Assyrian national existence in terms of land and identity, and which constitute a very serious danger to our entire existence that we cannot ignore or remain silent about. Thus the displacement, the demographic change and the defacement of the Assyrian identity are important issues that we must take into consideration. All this has been done through the laws and legislations drafted by trends which are trying to change the Assyrians’ demography on the ethnical and religious level, these trends are the core of the Iraqi State and its constitutional institutions. Since the Iraqi constitution does not treat the Assyrian people equally with the other Iraqi components, and divides the Assyrian nation according to article 125 which expressly stipulates the change of the identity of the Assyrian land (articles /53/ and /58/ of the Transitional Administrative Law, that are adopted by the 2005 constitution in article 143), we consider it necessary to put in place a well-defined plan for an Assyrian national project that guarantees the continuous claim for the Assyrian legitimate rights (Identity and Land).
Who Are We?
A group of Assyrian national institutions and activists that lent a deaf ear to sectarianism and unrealistic pretentious slogans and reunited to reactivate the Assyrian cause so that the Assyrian national project is revived with the collaboration of all Assyrian capabilities- individuals and institutions- on the belief in the Assyrian national fundamentals based on the elements of the Assyrian cause (identity, land and fate), by combining efforts under one national framework that can assume the responsibility of taking the Assyrian cause to an international level, particularly in the Diaspora, without engaging in any political competition or conflict with other Assyrian political institutions. Now is the right time for all those who believe in the Assyrian fundamentals to contribute to the revival of the Assyrian National Project.
After intensive meetings held since September 2013, and after giving it much thought, we concluded that we cannot, and we are not entitled at all to delegate ourselves as representatives of the Assyrian nation. And we decided to put an end for playing on the emotions of the Assyrian people, and to turn a new page of openness and sincerity about the facts for the interest of our next generations.
We all believe in the necessity of starting from a common basis of Assyrian fundamentals so as to reverse the prevailing state of disinterest among Assyrians, especially that this status quo is not acceptable anymore. We are also aware that any negligence or tardiness in our calls will adversely affect the entire process of the national action, thus undermining the trust of the Assyrian people and making the latter more skeptical about the Assyrian intellectual elites being uninterested and careless in what they are proposing, and as a result, the Assyrian people will become more disappointed and desperate.
Based on the foregoing, as Iraq has turned into a battleground for political, ethnic and sectarian conflicts, in the light of the accelerating international and regional transformations which may lead to a new redrawing of the Middle East map, and in order to raise our cause as part of what is going in Iraq, we hereby call upon all the Assyrians to act in solidarity and participate in the revival of the Assyrian National Project, availing of our experiences with all their bad or good results, on the basis of the following fundamentals and principles:
First - Since we believe that the intellectual elites and political organizations cannot solely assume the load and responsibility of the Assyrian cause amidst the pivotal challenges we are facing and since we believe in the collective action, and following the conferences held from time to time and which come up with a “political” rather than “national” proposal, as a first step, we formed a temporary coordination committee by which, and with the help of financially and intellectually competent persons, we are preparing for an Assyrian national conference entitled “Assyria Universal Conference” in order to raise the Assyrian cause in detail and to mainly put in place the necessary mechanism of action. The conference will be announced once its financial and organizational requirements are met through the discussions made within the said committee.
Second - The Assyrian national project will be adopted, supported by all Assyrians who believe in the fundamentals of the Assyrian cause and its belief in an Assyrian land and in the creation of an Assyrian entity as a legitimate right according to the international laws and charters, starting with the Assyrian Safe Haven and the international protection of Assyrians in Assyria (currently northern Iraq).
Third- A preparatory committee to prepare for the conference will be formed out of the parts which will join the coordination committee.
Fourth- The conference will result in the formation, by election and agreement, of a leading body, the structure, denomination and election cycle of which will be agreed upon and whose objective is to lay out the charter of the Assyrian national action and to make an Assyrian constitution that includes the adoption of an Assyrian national anthem and the aim for the Assyrian land, by adopting the Assyrian cause according to the following basics:
1- To form a national rhetoric reflecting the suffering of the Assyrian people, answering its aspirations for its legitimate rights and relying on the fundamentals of the Assyrian cause (identity, land and fate) under the freedom of the Diaspora, so as to ensure the change of the abnormal Assyrian fact in Iraq, and consider such fundamentals as undisputable red lines that may not be crossed or dominated, yet triggered by the power of the Assyrian Diaspora who must be freed from the Iraqi nightmare and fact.
2- To make known the suffering of the Assyrian nation in the international arenas and to raise the just Assyrian cause before the governments of the super power countries, the decision-makers, the international organizations within modern visions according to the international laws which sustain the rights of indigenous peoples, and the international trusteeship according to the United Nations Charter, not according to constitutions written by trends that are against the Assyrian national and Christian religious existence. This must be a reason to internationalize the Assyrian cause in the light of the security threats, the demographic transformations and the economic hardships faced by our Assyrian people, and to urge the need to impose such legislations to protect the Assyrian nation which is “constitutionally” persecuted in Iraq.
3- The leading body emerging out of the conference will lay out strategic and temporal plans, which necessitate taking advantage of the different skills and competences of our Assyrian people, such as legal consultants, historians, translators and others who have good international relations, members in the parliaments of some Diaspora countries or are members in international and humanitarian organizations.
4- To make diligent efforts and endeavor to join non-governmental and humanitarian organizations and international forums to introduce the reality of the Assyrian cause.
Finally, we consider this declaration, and the proposals contained therein, as the general framework by which we seek to build the strong foundations of the Assyrian National Project for the purpose of holding the “Assyria Universal Conference” which will provide the roadmap for the Assyrian cause. And our committee welcomes anyone who is willing to participate in the revival of the Assyrian National Project detailed above, by contacting “The Coordination Committee of the Assyria Universal Conference” on the following address:
American Mesopotamian Organization
Assyria Patriotic Movement
“Assyria Region for Assyrians” Movement
A group of Assyrian activists
N.B.: Any declaration or message not sent from the above e-mail address, does not speak our official position.