ZALIN, Syria — On the occasion of Babylonian–Chaldean–Assyrian New Year, Akitu, the Executive Body of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria issued a statement extending its congratulates to the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and wished them future success in achieving their rights.
“On the 1st April every year, our Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in Syria and the whole world celebrate a historical national feast that carries the nobility and authenticity of these people and their role in human civilization,” read the statement.
The SUP extended its heartfelt congratulations to all Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) and all the people of Syria, wishing them a new year full of joy and the achievement of their demands for rights, democracy, and peace.
The statement continued:
Since the establishment of the Syrian state after the Sykes-Picot Agreement, our people have contributed to Syrian society alongside their neighbors in the homeland. However, the successive regimes of the Syrian state have ignored the political, cultural, and social rights of our people and have worked to constitutionally exclude their national identity, language, and culture. This has led to continuous tragedies, including the prohibition on the celebration of Akitu. In the past, those who celebrated Akitu did so at the risk of arrest. These policies led to negative demographic effects towards the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and weakened their political and administrative role in Syria.
The SUP stressed that, in the spirit of Akitu, they are seeking renewal of Syria towards a decentralized, pluralistic, democratic system that is free from tyranny and all reactionary and chauvinistic ideas that brought the country to civil war ten years ago.
The statement also called on the United Nations and international community to do more to ensure the inclusion of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria in political negotiations to achieve a just outcome for all Syrians.