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Call for Recognition and Support of the Endangered Aramean (Syriac) People in Turkey

Stockholm, 7 November 2013

Today, 7 November 2013, Mr. Kenan Anter and Mr. Gabriel Bozyel, respectively the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Syriac Federation of Sweden, met in Stockholm with the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator, Mr. Egemen Bağış. On behalf of the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) and the Syriac Federation of Sweden, Mr. Anter discussed the Aramean question in Turkey and submitted a letter to Mr. Erdogan. The writing encourages the Turkish Government to continue developing its democratization efforts, and also calls upon the Government to recognize and support the endangered Aramean people in Turkey.

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The World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (“WCA”) and the Syriac Federation of Sweden (SRF) appeal to you on behalf of the endangered Aramean (Syriac; Süryani in Turkish) people, who are indigenous to, but not yet officially recognized and supported by, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

In May 2009, Your Excellency boldly declared that in the past century the non-Muslim minorities have suffered a lot and in many ways in Turkey, stating: “This mindset has seemingly not changed. It has been the same for many years in this country. They have chased members of different ethnicities out of this country. Have we won? This was the result of a fascist mentality.” Today, four years later, one is compelled to review the onground reality with Your Excellency’s comment.

The first major step in burying this attitude of the “old Turkey” with its denialist and assimilation policies was the latest democratization package, which you called a “historic moment for Turkey.” We encourage and support you to continue your reform efforts in shaping the “new Turkey.” We consider the package a first major initiative in preserving the endangered ethno-religious minorities in Turkey. It contains dozens of promising points, although we regret to announce that it also had shortcomings, including (but not limited to) the following important cases:

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WCA Letter to the EU Foreign Affairs Council

REQUEST FOR AN EU POLICY & SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR VULNERABLE MINORITIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

To the Distinguished Foreign Ministers of the EU

Stockholm, 20 August 2013


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Your Excellencies,


Christians throughout the Middle East are at a critical impasse. What we are seeing in Egypt has also been reflected in other states in the region. The Aramean (Syriac) Christians of Syria, Turkey and Iraq are theologically closely linked to the Copts and have endured the same fate for centuries.

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WCA Letter to UNSC Members: Plea to address still kidnapped archbishops and seek political solution to war in Syria (25 July 2013)

 

To the Honorable Permanent and Non-Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC): China, France, Russia, UK, US, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Australia, Guatemala, Luxemburg, Morocco, Pakistan, Korea, Rwanda, Togo

Stockholm, 25 July 2013

Re: Plea to address still kidnapped archbishops and seek political solution to war in Syria

Distinguished Excellencies:

In reference to tomorrow’s briefing of the UNSC in New York City by the Syrian Coalition President Mr. Ahmad Al-Assi Al-Jarba and a senior delegation of Coalition representatives on the ongoing war in Syria, we request your immediate attention and assistance in relation to the next two critical issues:

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WCA Letter to the US State Secretary John Kerry

APPEAL TO RECOGNIZE MASS EXODUS OF CHRISTIANS FROM SYRIA AND TRUE NATURE OF ‘REBELS’

Stockholm, 18 September 2013

 

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Dear Secretary Mr. Kerry,

We urgently appeal to you on behalf of the Aramean (Syriac) people, who are native to Syria, Iraq, Southeast Turkey and Lebanon, and more than 100,000 of whom have found refuge in Sweden. We ask you to acknowledge the below reality and come to the urgent help of our endangered people:

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WCA Letter to Turkish Foreign Minister on kidnapped Bishops from Syria

Stockholm, 6 August 2013

RE: REQUEST TO CLARIFY REPORTS ABOUT KIDNAPPED BISHOPS FROM SYRIA ALLEGEDLY HELD IN TURKEY

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Click here to download the Turkish version

Your Excellency, Dear Mr. Davutoğlu,

We wish to draw your attention once again to the uncertain fate of the Greek and Syriac Orthodox Bishops of Aleppo, Msgr. Boulos Yazigi and Msgr. Yuhanon Ibrahim. Today it has been 106 days since they were abducted. All signs of life and their whereabouts are still lacking substantiation. Due to certain news reports, we request Your Excellency to clarify the position of the Turkish Government.

THE FORGOTTEN PLIGHT OF THE INDIGENOUS ARAMEANS (SYRIACS) OF SYRIA (16 July 2013)

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

According to international law, the Aramean (Syriac) people and their endangered Aramaic (Syriac) language are indigenous to Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, where they are still struggling hard for survival and for appreciation and official recognition as an ancient Semitic people with their distinct (read: non-Arab, non-Turkish, non-Kurdish, non-Muslim) identity, language, literature and religion.

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WCA Letter to the US President Barack Obama

URGENT REQUEST TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR SYRIA

Stockholm, 4 September 2013

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Dear Mr. President Obama,

We urgently appeal to You on behalf of the Aramean (Syriac) people, who are indigenous to Syria, Iraq, Southeast Turkey and Lebanon, and more than 100,000 of whom have found refuge in Sweden (see the appendix below). We request You to reconsider Your current position on Syria.

 

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WCA Letter to UK PM Mr David Cameron re Syria

The Right Honourable Mr David Cameron
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
10 Downing Street London W1

Stockholm, 30 July 2013

Re: Appreciation for not sending weapons to Syria and the plight of the native Christians

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Your Excellency, Dear Mr Cameron,

We wish to express our deep gratitude towards Her Majesty’s Government for not sending weapons into Syria, but hope that the budget will now be reserved instead for the direly needed humanitarian aid. As we have learned since the outbreak of the war in the country, the move to flood the country with more weapons would only have led to an increase in violence and bloodshed of innocent civilians.

 

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Letter to the Representatives at the EU Foreign Affairs Council regarding the Arms Embargo to Syria (24 May 2013)

Friday, 24 May 2013
Re: Urgent call by Syrian Christians to uphold the weapons embargo to Syria

Your Excellency,

We refer to the upcoming European Union meeting to be held this Monday 27 May 2013 in Brussels, which will discuss the current EU weapons embargo to Syria. The great majority of Syrian people are vehemently against the Syrian war and plead with international community to put the pressure on relevant parties to solve this war through peaceful means, not through an increase in weapons supplies to any party, including the rebel movement.

 Photo: Muzaffer Salman (REUTERS)

 

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