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Controversial Statement by Iraqi Parliament Speaker...

Jul-23-2011 at 02:28 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Controversial Statement by Iraqi Parliament Speaker Disappoints Assyrian Coalition
by Assyria Council of Europe. July 21, 2011.

Uthama al-Nujaifi, speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, was welcomed on 12 July in a parliamentary foreign affairs committee meeting in the European Parliament in Brussels. Mr al-Nujaifi, who was heading a delegation of ten Iraqi MPs on the visit to the EU, stated that everything must be done to ensure that Christians remain in Iraq. The European Union needs to support Iraq in this, he said.

Mr al-Nujaifi failed however to acknowledge the constitutional right of Iraqi minorities to form administrative units in areas inhabited by them. In an interview with the Assyrian journalist Santa Essa, al-Nujaifi said there have been many voices calling for the Nineveh plain area to form a new province, however, he claimed, he has neither received any request on it by the five Iraqi Assyrian parliamentarians, nor has there been a discussion on it in the Iraqi parliament.

The Assyria Council of Europe regrets this claim by Mr al-Nujaifi as it is very clear that all relevant political bodies in Iraq have received official requests on the proposed Nineveh plain solution. This is also evident by the written response issued by the Assyrian coalition in Iraq to shed light on the controversial statement made by Mr al-Nujaifi. The Assyrian coalition is a gathering of all Assyrian political groups in Iraq which is spear heading the Nineveh plain proposal.

Minorities in Iraq continue to suffer and are denied their constitutional rights of administering their own areas according to article 125 of the Iraqi constitution.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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