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KRG statement on forced displacement and violence against Christians in Mosul
WED, 15 OCT 2008 18:14
Statement by the Kurdistan Regional Government
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has been closely monitoring the recent abuses being inflicted upon the Christians of Mosul city, which has forced them to abandon their homes and properties and flee to other parts of Iraq. These tragedies are a result of religious fanatics and terrorist groups launching numerous attacks against the Assyrians, Chaldeans and Syriacs of the city that have led to property destruction, death and forced deportation of these indigenous people from their ancestral lands.
The KRG has ordered all the KRG ministries, departments and relevant parties to assist and help the victims as much as possible.
Under these circumstances the KRG Council of Ministers has declared:
First, we strongly condemn all acts of harassment, terror and intimidation against the Christian civilians of Mosul city and call upon all relevant authorities of the federal government to both address and put an end to this catastrophe as soon as possible.
We ask that all the displaced Christian citizens be allowed to return to their homes and be compensated for the losses they have endured.
We reiterate our support for the full rights of the Christians in Provincial Councils, under Article 50 of the Provincial Election Law.
Finally, we condemn the malicious efforts of some parties who have unjustly accused groups within the Kurdistan Region of committing these heinous crimes. Such efforts are aimed at tarnishing the Kurdistani people and turning a blind eye on the true culprits. The Kurdistan Regional Government has always been at the forefront of defending the rights of Christians, and continues to be fully devoted to the betterment of their living conditions and securing their rights and general welfare.
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