Lord Mayor of Parramatta Letter of Support to the Assyrian Demands in Iraq

Untitled-1Sydney – 8 October 2014
Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid, of has raised concerns regarding the plight of Assyrian in Iraq during his meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Tony Abbott MP and has called upon the Australian Federal Government to use its position to influence international decision making on the current situation in the Middle East and the threat posed by the terrorist Islamic State (IS)..

In his letter Cr Chedid mentioned,” I would like to reiterate some of the issues we discussed and the importance of ensuring that the views of our local Assyrian, Lebanese Christian and moderate Muslim communities are being heard by their Prime Minister.
Under your strong leadership and as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, I believe Australia is in a position to influence international decision making on the current situation in the Middle East and the threat posed by the terrorist Islamic State (IS).
I and many within my community are very concerned about the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria who are being persecuted and killed for their beliefs by these terrorists. As you would be aware there is a large population of Assyrian and Lebanese Christians in Sydney who are deeply troubled about the current situation and the humanitarian disaster that has afflicted the region. I have also spoken to moderate Muslims who have the same concerns for their communities some of which are being persecuted because they do not share the same beliefs as the terrorists.
Assyrian Christians have over the centuries been persecuted which has led them to be driven from their ancient homeland. Their current persecution at the hands of IS is the latest manifestation of this. I would urge you to support the Assyrian community in their quest to be provided with an autonomous safe haven and impress this upon world leaders.
The Lebanese community here in Australia is also concerned about the potential infiltration of IS into Lebanon and the risk this poses to security in that country. Already IS has kidnapped and executed Lebanese soldiers which has created heightened anxiety and tension among the Christian, Shia and Sunni communities there.
I urge you on behalf of Assyrian Christians, Lebanese Christians and moderate Muslim communities here in Sydney and Australia to provide the necessary financial, humanitarian and military assistance to assist those groups who are being persecuted in Iraq and Syria and to provide the required support to the Lebanese Government to deal with IS.
I also ask that in your discussions with world leaders that you press upon them the urgency and importance of supporting the above groups and ensuring Lebanon is also provided with the necessary resources to maintain security and stem the IS threat. This includes ensuring that the Lebanese presidency is filled as required by the constitution.
Thank you for the leadership you are showing on this most important issue and I urge you to continue to press world leaders to show their support.

On behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and the Assyrian Australian community, we would like to express my sincere and deep gratitude to Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid for his sincerity and outstanding support for the Assyrian demands in Iraq and for conveying the Assyrian concerns to the Australian Government. We also extend our appreciation to Mr. Paul Azzo for his unrelenting commitment to lobby the Assyrian case for last decade.

Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter
PO Box 34, Fairfield NSW 1860 Australia.
E-mail: auaaustralia@optusnet.com.au