ASIA/IRAQ - Christian political parties insist: administrative autonomy for the Nineveh Plain

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 oriental churches   area crisis   politics   jihadists

Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - The administrative autonomy of the Nineveh Plain continues to represent the most concrete political objective of parties and political and social organizations animated by leaders and Christian militants who on March 6 in Kirkuk, formed a unitary "Council". On Monday, April 3, a delegation of the groups participating in the "Council" visited the Parliament of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan in Erbil, and also met with the vice-president of Parliament, Jaafar Emniki. During the meeting, representatives of Christian political parties delivered the memorandum to the institutional representative of the Regional Parliament with the priority requests shared by them, starting from the granting of administrative autonomy in the area of the Nineveh Plain, liberated from the jihadist militias, and where before the years of occupation by the self-styled Islamic State (Daesh) the major Christian settlements of the region were concentrated. Emniki confirmed that openness to the demands for autonomy expressed by the Christian community is already part of the program pursued by the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, and this attitude will conveniently be declared in procedures and initiatives implemented by the commissions and parliamentary offices.
The administrative autonomy of the Nineveh area is indicated by Christian political organizations of the region as a necessary tool for rapid reconstruction and re-population of towns and villages that suffered the jihadist occupation since the spring of 2014. (GV) ( Agenzia Fides 04/04/2017)