Appeal for a Courageous Dialogue Between Baghdad and Kurdistan
Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako
Unfortunately, the pragmatic tactics to uphold positions and gain personal benefits was and is still the overruling policy in Iraq since the fall of the previous regime. As a result and due to the referendum and the right of self-determination declared by the Government of Kurdistan Region (KRG), the tension with the Iraqi Central Government (ICG) is escalating and raises fears, while others are beating war drums in such a blur situation of conflict. If, God forbid, there will be a military confrontation, in such devastating circumstances, both socially and economically, the consequences will be disastrous for all Iraqis, especially for minorities, who are always victims and losers. It will be similar to what happened in Nineveh Plain upon the invasion of ISIS terrorists, where minorities were murdered, displaced, and left vulnerably to face demographic change and migration.
It is important that everyone should realize the seriousness and the actual facts of this situation to hurry up and courageously resume the reconciliation negotiations before it is too late. Moreover, it is urgently required to coordinate and bring together a number of internal issues of common concern in order to promote social harmony and civil peace. Wisdom should play a vital role in prevailing the voice of moderation, to defuse the crisis, war is not a solution, and would never be a substitute for dialogue. Frankly, such war cannot be endured by either side.
We as Christians, have no power to preserve our rights and our presence, either in Iraq or in Kurdistan Region. Knowing that, most of the Christian parties and militia are seeking livelihood rather than concerning about Christians’ issues. Therefore, war means migration of the rest of Christians, who will have no presence in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region at all.
Finally, we ask our Lord to inspire the decision makers to do what is right.