Syriac Union Party Co-Chair Nazira Goreya warns of threat to Christians amidst Turkish attacks and resurgence of ISIS

BERLIN — In a recent symposium organized by the German Orient-Institute, Co-Chair of the Syriac Union Party (SUP) Nazira Goreya issued a stark warning about the peril facing the Christian community in Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia). Goreya emphasized the imminent danger posed by the resurgence of the Islamic State (ISIS) and the escalating attacks of Turkey and its Syrian National Army (SNA) proxies against the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) and vital civilian infrastructure in the region.

Goreya highlighted the direct link between Turkey’s attacks and the strengthening of ISIS cells still operating underground in North and East Syria. She criticized the reluctance of the international community to provide essential support for AANES, which exacerbates the threat. Goreya expressed deep concern that continued attacks could lead to a significant increase in the emigration of indigenous people, especially Christian Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans).

Furthermore, Goreya underscored the SUP’s commitment to democratic project embodied by AANES, saying it is a vital safeguard for the coexistence between the various peoples of North and East Syria. She passionately called for the preservation of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) presence in the face of what she described as the international community’s insufficient commitment to collective action against terrorist organizations and the overall stability of the region.

The symposium, attended by key figures from the region, shed light on the complex situation in North and East Syria, emphasizing the urgent need for international attention and support to ensure the security and stability of the historically significant Christian communities.