The Honorable Edward R. Royce
2170 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Re: Support H. Res 741- The Nineveh Plain Restoration Act Dear Chairman Royce,
On behalf of the Chaldo-Assyrian American Association, I am writing to respectfully urge you to support H. Res 741- The Nineveh Plain Restoration Act, which supports the rebuilding and resettlement of the Nineveh Plain, which is essential for preserving the homeland and heritage of Christian Assyrians (also known as Chaldean and Syriac), Yezidis and Shabaks.
The Nineveh Plain region has been the homeland of the Assyrian people for over seven millennia and is one of the remaining areas of a large concentration of the Assyrians. Currently, the establishment of a Nineveh Plain Province has derailed by the recent attacks from ISIL. As we know, ISIL attacked Iraq in mid-2014 and committed genocide and crimes against ethnic and religious minorities in the Nineveh Plain, with many having no choice but to flee their homeland.
- Res 741 will continue to push for the establishment of a self-governing province by the Government of Iraq’s decision to establish a Nineveh Plain Province through the Council of Ministers Session No. 3 of January 21, 2014. Also, the resolution will recognize the importance of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) in maintaining order and facilitating the resettlement and reconstruction rehabilitation efforts in the Nineveh Plain region.
Finally, the resolution pushes for the cooperation with the Iraqi Government, local governments, and the international community, to build a stronger and more united Iraq.
For all those reasons, the Chaldo-Assyrian American Association strongly urges you to support H. Res 741 when it comes before you for a vote.
Chaldo-Assyrian American Association
San Diego, CA
Cc: Members, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Members, Subcommittee, Middle East & North Africa