ERBIL — A Christian politician in Kurdistan Region stated on Tuesday that a province in Nineveh Plains needs to be established for the Christians, Kurdish Yezidis and Shabaks.
Romeo Hakkari, the secretary of the Assyrian Democratic Bein al-Nahrain Party and the former member of the Kurdistan Region parliament, told Gullan Magazine that after the displacement of almost all Christians from the Nineveh Plains to Kurdistan Region, many Christians attempted to leave the country.
He pointed out that President Mosud Barzani stressed that Peshmerga would protect them, asking them not to leave Kurdistan Region since it is their home.
The Christian official reiterated his support for Barzani, affirming that his remarks gave tremendous hope to the Christians.
Regarding the liberated Christian areas in Nineveh Plain, Hakkari explained that the reconstruction of the areas requires international community's assistance.
He also noted that the Christian community is seeking a province in Nineveh Plains and through a referendum, the population of the area needs to vote for annexing the province to Kurdistan Region or remain within Iraq.
Due to the threats of the extremist groups from both the Shi'ite and Sunni sects, near 400 thousand Christians have been displaced and sheltered in Kurdistan Region.