Australia, Sydney: Campaign Pushing for the Development of a Self-Governed Assyrian Province in the Nineveh Plain
Posted: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 10:48 PM UT
AUSTRALIA, Sydney — On Monday, 16 June 2014, a delegation headed by Mr. Hermiz Shahen, Deputy Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA), Mr David M. David , President of the Assyrian Australian National Federation, Mr Ninos Aaron, Chairman of the Young Assyrians, and Mr Paul Azzo, AUA senior advisor, held a number of meetings with the Australian government officials in Canberra. The AUA invited Mr Isaac Isaac member of Abnaa Al-Nahrain political bureau from Iraq to join their delegation. The delegates were welcomed by the Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Shadow Treasurer, he organised a special consultation with a number of Australian Government Officials including: The Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition, Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy , Defence Shadow Minister, Mr Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, and Ms Bronwyn Taylor, Chief of Staff to The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
After a brief introduction by the Hon Chris Bowen MP, Mr Shahen expressed the concerns of Australian Assyrians, about the future of the Christian Assyrians, the original and indigenous people of Iraq & Syria, and their plight in both countries. The delegation requested urgent attention to the escalating developments in Iraq most recently due to the seizure of many cities including the city of Mosul and its surroundings, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) “an extremist Sunni Muslim group”, which has brought a humanitarian disaster to the Christian Assyrians who still remain in the city and in the nearby towns and villages.
The delegation also met separately with Mr Craig Kelly MP, Federal Member for Hughes, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Human Services, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, Speaker of the House, and Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for Social Services. As a matter of urgency and importance, the Assyrian delegation called upon the Australian Government to endorse and support the Nineveh Plain Province Solution, which entails the development of a self-governed Assyrian province in the Nineveh Plains in Northern Iraq.
Mr Shahen thanked all the government officials for the attention given to the Assyrian plea, unrelenting commitment to the Assyrian cause and their outstanding efforts over the years in raising the Assyrian case with the Australian government. He also extended his thanks and appreciation to the Hon Chris Bowen MP and Mr Paul Azzo for their remarkable efforts to organise these meetings in such a short notice.