12/10/2021

Top Syriac politician asks US to involve Syriacs in writing new constitution of Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Co-Chair of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) Nazira Goreya asked the U.S. on Sunday to involve the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people in writing the new constitution of Syria. In an interview with North Press Agency, top Syriac politician Nazira Goreya said that during her recent visit to Washington, D.C. as part of a delegation from the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) North and East Syria, she called on the Biden Administration to involve Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) in the writing of the new constitution.

“Syriacs, as an indigenous community of Syrian society, face several challenges and existential risks which require their serious involvement in the political process and shaping the future of the region in a way that achieves the conditions that guarantee the survival of the remaining Syriacs in their land, in addition to encouraging emigrants to return,” said Goreya. “The Syriac Union Party is fighting on several fronts to preserve the Syriac presence in the region.”

The Syriac Union Party, an affiliate of the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo d’Bethnahrin, MUB), is a co-founder of the DAA. According to the SUP, participation of Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) in this evolving democratic model is an absolute necessity for obtaining constitutional political, linguistic, and cultural rights in Syria and the Middle East in general. The democratic aspirations of the party are in direct conflict with the incumbent denialist status quo regimes, which has proven detrimental for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) existence in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Jerusalem.

The drafting committee of the new Syrian constitution is expected to gather later this month after an extended period of haggling and delay. Although individual Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans) have seats on the 150-member Geneva commission responsible for the new constitution, no Syriac organizations are represented in the smaller drafting commission.

“Our goal is to create economic and social conditions that help the Syriac community to remain in its land, because our salvation is through our presence in our land, and immigration means the loss of identity forever,” Goreya said.