Australia, Sydney: AUA intensifies efforts in the call for a Self-Governed Assyrian Province in the Nineveh Plains
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM UT
The Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter (AUA) continued in its efforts for a second day in a row voicing the demands of the Assyrian community to Australian government officials. A delegation representing the AUA visited the State Parliament of New South Wales and met with many members of parliament from both houses; the legislative council and the legislative Assembly.
The Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) Deputy Secretary General Mr Hermiz Shahen, together with the President of the Assyrian Australian National Federation (AANF) Mr David M. David together with their guests, Mr Isaac Isaac member of Al-Nahrain Entity political bureau who is currently visiting from Iraq and Mr Johny Younadam representative of this organisation in Australia, conducted a number of meetings on Tuesday 17 June 2014.
As a matter of utmost urgency and importance they met with The Hon. Marie Ficarra, MLC , The Hon. David Clarke, MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice and Mrs Tanya Davies, MP, Member for Mulgoa. The delegation presented the government representatives with official letters together with other vital documents and briefed them about the escalating development in Iraq. They informed them about the most recent seizure of many cities including the city of Mosul and its surroundings by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) an extremist Sunni Muslim terrorist group which has brought a humanitarian disaster to the Christian Assyrians still remaining in the city and in the nearby towns and villages.
Mr Shahen talked about the suffering of the Assyrian people after the 2003 invasion of Iraq; highlighting the fact that their situation has deteriorated dramatically each year over the past 11 years. He said “Iraqi Christians in general have faced kidnappings, threats and even death due to their ethnicity and religious beliefs. They have little faith in their government to provide the much needed security and justifiably so in light of the recent events that unfolded this week.” Mr Shahen went on to express “If the Nineveh Plains is subjected to terrorist attacks this would have devastating consequences for the indigenous Assyrians and other ethnic groups in the region.”
The delegation asked a motion to be raised in both houses of New South Wales Parliament demanding the Australian government to offer support to the Iraqi Assyrian demands for the creation of a new province in the Nineveh Plains, the heart of the Assyrian ancestral homeland and for the said territory to be administrated and protected by Assyrians.
The Assyrian Universal Alliance would like to thank the Hon. Marie Ficarra, MLC, The Hon. David Clarke, MLC, Mrs Tanya Davies MP , Rev the Hon Fred Nile MLC, The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP and Mr Guy Zangari MP for their continued support over the years in raising the Assyrian issue with the Australian State Government.