What is the future of the Assyrians and other minorities on the Nineveh Plains after the upcoming liberation from ISIS? This is the most important question many are asking today, which we have directed to Mr. Mikhael Benjamin from the leadership of Bnay Nahren in Iraqi Assyria. He believes that no sustainable solution is realistic unless different Assyrian organizations define a common goal for the region based on Assyrian National interests – not the interest of each party and its links to Kurdish or other powers. The Assyrians need to speak with one voice and present their national demands:
The conflict between Kurds and Arabs on the disputed area of Nineveh must come to an end. Both sides must leave the region in peace.
Any Assyrian party or militia connected to Kurdish interests needs to work for the best of the Assyrian Nation, although it maintains its connection to Peshmerga or other forces.
When the ground for peace and safety is created by own military forces and civil organizations, the Assyrian Diaspora is expected to invest in this rich region.
The diversity of the Nineveh Plains may very well become a role model of a solution for the entire country. This area is indeed the key for peace Mr. Benjamin says, urging the Assyrian parties to unity on a common goal.