We are deeply puzzled by what Mullah Bakhtyar chief officer of relations in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said in an interview with Al-Mallaf Press; ((people have the legal right in declaring a region or country of their own if they possess historic and geographical land. Turkmans and Chaldo-Assyrians are residents in Kurdistan and have the rights of full citizenship; but can not own any land because there are not any Turkman or Chaldo-Assyrian land in Kurdistan or Iraq)).
Such statements are absolutely unacceptable; and they describe and reflect undemocratic attitudes that are influenced by the past governing regimes; this statement reflects totalitarian and a nation melting culture that excludes other nations. This is not what we expect from a prominent officer in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a partner with a leading role in the national unity, a partnership in development of pluralism and freedoms concepts in Iraq.
The Chaldean Syriac Assyrian nation does not need an introduction for their history as indigenous people of Iraq, in spite of our recent decline of population in Iraq and for known reasons it does not permit futile attempts of ethnic marginalization and fear practices. These tactics are an excuse to seize our legitimate national rights.
As for the alleged non-existence of ChaldoAssyrian land, all we have to do is take a look at the history of Mesopotamia, and we will find that all of Mesopotamian land Kurdistan included is the inheritance of the Assyrian Babylonian Civilizations. If we were to look at the people that are most loyal and feel the sense of belonging to their roots in homeland (Iraq) undisputedly we will find that Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Nation is an ever proud nation of its history and culture, who are deeply rooted in Iraq’s land and are not resident guests as described by Mr. Bakhtyar, the owner of a house can never be a guest in his own house.
We are confident that Mr. Bakhtyar’s statement does not reflect the views of the leadership of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa)