On 13 May 2008, a delegation representing the Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australia Chapter and the Assyrian Australian National Federation went on an official visit to Canberra to meet with the Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon. Stephen Smith MP.
The delegates in attendance were:
– Hermiz Shahen: Secretary of the Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter;
Â – David M. David: President of the Assyrian Australian National Federation and Executive Member of the Assyrian Universal Alliance; and
Â – Paul Azzo: Adviser to the Assyrian Universal Alliance on Governmental Issues.
The delegation congratulated the Minister for being sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs on 3 December 2007 and wished him success with his new responsibilities. The delegation presented the Minister with a detailed letter about the current situation in Iraq, where the future of our Assyrian nation is bleak.
A range of concerns regarding the plight of our people in Iraq were discussed and the delegation also requested support from the Australian Government for a number of issues including the establishment of an autonomous Assyrian region in the historical Assyrian land in Northern Iraq, in which Assyrians can administer themselves and live in peace as proud Iraqi citizens in the land of their forefathers.
On behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australia Chapter and the Assyrian Australian community, we would like to thank the Minister for the attention given to our plea. We also extend our appreciation to The Hon. Chris Bowen MP, Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, for organising this significant meeting and for his sincerity and outstanding effort over the years in raising the Assyrian issue with the Australian Government.
We hope this meeting achieves a positive outcome for the needs of our Assyrian people in Iraq.
Assyrian Universal Alliance-Australian Chapter
PO Box 34, Fairfield NSW 1860 Australia. Fax: (02) 9610 2499. Mobile: 0407 235349