April 27, 2006
His Excellency Jalal Talabani
President of the Republic of Iraq
Dear Mr. President:
On behalf of all the establishments and organizations of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and myself, I extend to your Excellency our warmest congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of your election as President of the Republic of Iraq. We wish you continued success and happiness, and to our beloved Iraq good fortune and prosperity. The Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) is an international alliance of various sectors of the Assyrian people as represented by Assyrian national organizations and federations throughout the world. We join your Excellency and the Iraqi people in this happy occasion. We ask God to assist your Excellency in your mission in the service of the Iraqi People in all its nationalities and faiths.
While we appreciate your admirable efforts and noble endeavors toward rooting out terrorism, building a nation of law and order resting its foundation on democracy, multi-ethnic politics and respect for human rights, we at the AUA were very curious as to why no mention was made about the Assyrians, the indigenous people of Iraq, in your speech addressed to the House of Representatives on Saturday, 22nd April, 2006.
The nationalities of Arab, Kurd and Turkmen were mentioned but not the Assyrian. We were expecting from your Excellency compliance with the Iraqi Constitution as stipulated therein. The constitution calls for the rights of all Iraqi National groups: Arab, Kurd, Turkmen, Assyrian and others to be recognized and identified in accordance with the prescribed law. We trust that your Excellency will, in the future, recognize the rights of the Assyrians in accordance with their constitutional entitlements, not just Arab and Kurd, as the ill-famed Iraqi regimes used to do in the past.
The Assyrian people are looking forward to participating with the rest of the Iraqi nationalities in building a multi-ethnic democratic Iraq united and free of all forms of marginalisation, prejudice and banishment. We strongly believe that for democracy to prevail in the country all Iraqi ethnicities ought to enjoy their legitimate rights, including official recognition of their existence by their elected officials. In conclusion, and with due respect, we would like to remind your Excellency that, in a democracy, the rule of the majority mandates the rights and respect of the minority. May God bless Iraq and all Iraqis.
Emanuel Kamber, Ph.D., Secretary General, Assyrian Universal Alliance
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