ANKAWA, ERBIL, Iraq – The Bethnahrin Patriotic Union on its 24th anniversary issued a statement in which it reiterated its founding goals of democracy, justice, human rights and the continued legitimate fight for the full implementation of the constitutional rights of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in Iraq.
The Bethnahrin Patriotic Union declared that its founding 24 years ago, was a reaction against the cruellest types of injustice and oppression of all Iraqi citizens, and the desire of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people and Iraqi citizens to achieve rights over the full spectrum, and to live a decent and save life in their democratic homeland of Iraq. A democratic, pluralistic and federal Iraq in which the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people can practice and consolidate their constitutional linguistic, cultural and religious identity.
In its statement the Bethnahrin Patriotic Union stated that this struggle can only be addressed and achieved in cooperation with the rest of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian parties and in alignment with all Iraqi national parties, organizations and forces working for a united federal and democratic Iraq.
The statement emphasized the importance of unity on common national goals among the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people and their parties, and that it would accept no bargaining over this fundamental position of unity. In its work of unifying the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people, since its foundation until now, the party indicated that it had tried to bring together all views of all parties and organizations. It did not favor one side over the other and was able to work with most of the parties to take down unilateralism and marginalization.
A great achievement the Bethnahrin Patriotic Union says, was its contribution in convening the 2017 Brussels conference in the European Parliament “A Future for Christians in Iraq”, which brought the case for federal self-rule for the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in Iraq on the agenda of international forums and put it in the agenda of international organizations.
Signing of the 2017 Brussels Position Paper by Romeo Hakkari (Beth Nahrain Democratic Party), Yousif Yaqoob Matti (Beth Nahrain Patriotic Union), Saeed Shamaya (Chaldean Democracy Forum), Samer Azzo Dawood Kozel (Chaldean National Congress), Shamsadeen Gorgees (Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council), Nashat Faraj Samoi Abasah (Chaldo Ashor), and Najeeb Naser Elias Banyameen (Syriac Assembly Movement).