Baghdad ( AsiaNews) - The Iraqi
reality is still a source of "concern" and in recent months the security
situation has "deteriorated"; sectarian divisions are becoming more
pronounced, while "regional and international" powers feed the
growing fractures inside the
was stated by the Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, in a speech
yesterday before the Iraqi parliament on the occasion of Human Rights Day. The
intervention of His Beatitude was an opportunity for encounter and exchange
between the different souls of the nation, to exchange ideas and projects
inspired by the theme "Minorities in Iraq: reality and Ambition".
The Chaldean Patriarch did not fail to emphasize the exponential growth "of extremism of a religious nature" which particularly affects Christians, Yazidis and Sabi (a minority concentrated in southern Iraq ) . Attacks that have triggered emigration, which Mar Sako has long battled against - since the days when he was archbishop of Kirkuk - but "favored " by some foreign embassies . "A phenomenon - he pointed out - that ends up impoverishing the nation."
Describing the current "reality",
the Chaldean Patriarch pointed the finger at "the culture of the Majority
and Minority" which he termed "unsuccessful because it is a political term
that carries an aspect of exclusion and marginalization on account of equal
citizenship and especially of the rights of minorities". Ahead
of travelling to Rome in the next few days for the Plenary Assembly of the
Eastern Churches, Mar Sako traced some essential points for the reconstruction
of the country. First
of all, he pointed to the "unique and irreplaceable" role of religious
leaders "in uniting the people." The
Patriarch warned that the various groups must "work together to promote a
culture of dialogue and peace in a tangible way" also focusing on
Mar Sako also said government and administrative offices that need to be united and work together "to provide safety, security and freedom to citizens and various ethnic groups". They must also be guarantors of "reconciliation and social cohesion" among all souls. The "culture of peace" , warned the Patriarch, is also the result of "mutual care " between people and "dialogue and trust". He invited everyone to assume "their responsibilities in building bridges rather than walls" and adopt a "balanced dialogue, open to all and ready to solve problems," so that all the souls of Iraq may feel "they are part of one single family".