AUA appeals to President Obama and VP Biden

2/10/2009 8:02:00 PM

The Assyrian Universal Alliance wrote the following letters to President Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden to appeal for an Assyrian autonomous state in Iraq. The Assyrian Christians of Iraq continue to struggle for their indigenous rights in their ancestral homeland, Iraq. As Christians, Assyrians are the most persecuted nation in Iraq and the UN has reported the number of Assyrian refugees who fled to Syria and Jordan in the hundreds of thousands, and rising daily.

President Barrack H. Obama
The White House
Washington DC, 20500

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and its affiliates worldwide, it gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations on your historical inauguration as President of the United States of America. At the same time, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you and Vice President Joseph Biden for your continuing support of the Assyrian people; however, our work is not finished and our nation urgently needs your help.

We recognize the significance of your election and take this opportunity to equally congratulate the American people for ushering in a bright new chapter in the progress of civil liberties for U.S. citizens. We rejoice with all those who have struggled for a very long time to bring this significant era to fruition. Although the road has been long and difficult, they have kept the dream alive. As a nation that has been in a similar struggle for many centuries, we Assyrians feel a special sense of the joy, relief, and accomplishment that your election carries. As we fight for our survival, we hope that our cry for help will be heard by someone who intimately understands the predicament we face as a nation.

As you know, the situation of Assyrians in Iraq is dire and the recent news from Mosul, the heart of Assyrian ancestral lands, points to alarming deterioration of our nation's status. With so many Assyrians having fled Iraq, the very survival of the Assyrian nation hangs in the balance. Our numbers are dwindling and our communities are being shattered. Should this continue, the world will witness the demise of one of its most ancient and historically significant nations.

We appeal to you to urge the Iraqi government to agree to the essential institution of an Assyrian Autonomous Region in the historical and ancestral Assyrian lands in Northern Iraq as part of modern day Iraq. This newly-formalized Assyrian region which will be administrated and protected by Assyrians under the jurisdiction of Iraq's central government is crucial to the security and survival of our nation and will encourage Assyrian refugees, whether those internally displaced in Iraq or those scattered in Diaspora, to return.

We eagerly await your leadership in promoting the establishment of this Assyrian Autonomous Region and thank you again for your continuing campaign to ensure the survival of one of world's most ancient nations. We look forward to meeting with you to further discuss our situation and implement strategies to secure the future of our people.

Sincerely yours,

Calro K. Ganjeh

Secretary of the Americas Region
Assyrian Universal Alliance


Vice President Joseph R. Biden
The White House
Washington DC, 20500

Dear Mr. Vice President,

On behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and its affiliates worldwide, it gives me great pleasure to extend my warmest congratulations on your inauguration as Vice President of the United States. We recognize the significance of this presidency, and congratulate you, the president and the American people for this historical moment. We recognize the vital role you played as a supporter and campaigner for the fruition of this long-awaited achievement. I also want to commend and thank you for your support of the Assyrian people. It is our deep hope that you will continue support the Assyrian nation as steadfastly as you have supported the integration of the American nation because the work of the Assyrian nation has not yet been completed.

We appeal to you and President Obama to urge the Iraqi government to agree to the essential institution of an Assyrian Autonomous Region in the historical and ancestral Assyrian lands in Northern Iraq as part of modern day Iraq. This newly-formalized Assyrian region which will be administrated and protected by Assyrians under the jurisdiction of the central government of the Federal Republic of Iraq, is crucial to the security and survival of our nation, and will encourage Assyrian refugees, whenever those internally displaced in Iraq or those scattered in Diaspora, to return. This action will help to gather the fragmented pieces of our nation, stop the shattering of our communities causing the dwindling of our numbers, and reverse the current course that is leading this old and historic nation toward extinction.

We eagerly await your help in promoting the establishment of an Assyrian Autonomous Region in Iraq and thank you again for your continuing campaign to ensure the survival of one of the world's most ancient nations. We look forward to meeting with you to further our situation and implement strategies to secure the future of our people.

Sincerely yours,

Calro K. Ganjeh
Secretary of the Americas Region
Assyrian Universal Alliance