Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:00

SRSG Kubiš in Easter Greeting to Iraqi Christians: In Iraq for 2 Millenia, Christians Should Continue to Have a Future in Their Country

Baghdad, 27 March 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, extends his best wishes to the Christian community of Iraq on the occasion of Easter.

“This particular occasion is for Christians, but I wish to also extend my greetings to all Iraqis who share this land and whose colourful mix of religions and ethnic groups, cultural richness speak of a history of tolerance, coexistence and harmony”, Mr. Kubiš said.

“Iraqi Christian communities have been in Iraq for two millennia, a major component of the fabric of Iraqi society over the centuries. They are amongst those who suffered greatly under ISIL and other rogue groups and criminal gangs”, SRSG Kubiš said.

“I appeal to the Government of Iraq to put measures in place to ensure their security and protection that will keep them attached to their country and convince them that they have a future in the land of their ancestors which they have shared with other communities for thousands of years”, Mr. Kubiš added.

“I call on Iraqis of different backgrounds, the Christians’ partners in this country, to appreciate the wealth of the diversity of Iraq and seek to wholeheartedly preserve it”.

“I wish you a safe and peaceful Easter celebrations, hoping that next year we will all be able to celebrate with Iraq free of the terrorist threat”, he concluded.

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