Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties demand true representation in Kurdistan Regional Parliament

IRAQ — The five political parties and organizations representing the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people in Iraq demanded an increase in their quota seats in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament. The Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people are deprived of true representation in the Kurdistan Regional Parliament as the current representatives work for the benefit of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and not the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

In this regard, the Secretary of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, Yonadam Kanna, stated that the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian parties have informed all parties in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) of the necessity of having quota lists for the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people that can only be voted on by the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

He added that Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians should be in control of the security formations protecting, and made up of, the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people, not the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The current situation is a violation of the privacy and rights of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

Kanna indicated that they sent a letter to the United Nations demanding a solution to this problem, since the KDP does not seem intent on addressing the issue.

Official of the Church of the Virgin Mary in the city of Sulaymaniyah, Nuhad Yaqo, said in a statement that the representatives of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people in the parliament are nominated by the dominant Kurdish parties in the region. Those representatives do not care about the situation of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people.

Yaqo demanded that the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people be truly and effectively represented in Erbil.