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Kirkuk : Christians together to make their voice heard

ICC Note

“If we have questions and problems we must be united to study them and propose solutions to the government.”

February 22nd, 2008 Iraq (ankawa.com) – Divided at the national level, without proper political representation and weakened by mass emigration, Iraqi Christians are trying to set up a common front to better pursue their interests. For now their initiative is limited to Kirkuk where a Council of Christians is being set up, chaired for the time being by Chaldean archbishop, Mgr Louis Sako, who will engage in dialogue local political authorities and promote peaceful co-existence with Christians’ “Muslim brothers.”

The idea developed after a series of attacks in early January against Christian targets across Iraq .

The prelate himself told AsiaNews that the body, which is backed by Iraqi President Talabani, will bring together Chaldeans, Assyrians, Syro-Catholics and Armenian Orthodox to be their “common voice.”

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“The main goal” in setting up the council “is to create a Christian common front,” he said. “If we have questions and problems we must be united to study them and propose solutions to the government.” But the newly-established council “is not a political party; it does not represent any side and has no intention of interfering with the work of parties.”

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