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Posted by andreas on September 03, 2001 at 09:20:23:

Here are some of the oldest news for you - incomplete and no original stuff, but tailored to your comprehension capacities (I hope)

Source: RFE/RL

Aug 31, 2001

MESOPOTAMIAN ECOLOGICAL DISASTER WIPING OUT ASSYRIAN SETTLEMENTS. The ecological disaster facing the wetlands in southern Iraq (see "RFE/RL Iraq Report," 17 August 2001) will also have an impact on Assyrian settlements, if the construction of 30 new dams along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is allowed to proceed. The United Nations Environmental Program has reported the dam construction involves the building of more dams than the capacity of the Tigris and Euphrates and will be brought to the attention of the World Summit for UN Substantial Development in 2002, according to a "Zinda" report on 23 August based on a "Turkish Daily News" article of 14 August. A UNEP counterproposal seeks efficient use of existing water resources and the elimination of any negative effects on the ecosystem. Meanwhile, "Zinda" notes that due to the disappearance of water resources in and around the Habur River in northeastern Syria, much of the Assyrian settlements in that region and the economy of thriving urban centers, such as Qamishli, are slowly vanishing. (David Nissman)

KDP ISSUES STATEMENT ON ARREST OF ASSYRIAN. On 27 August the KDP issued a statement on the arrest of Youkhana Yalda Khaie, a member of the Assyro-Chaldean community in Iraqi Kurdistan. According to the KDP, he was arrested under Article 168 of Iraqi criminal law for aiding and abetting PKK terrorists. Although there have been many protests from Assyrian communities worldwide, the KDP says that his collaboration with the PKK is well established. His trial date is set for 2 September at the Dohuk Criminal Court. The statement adds that interested persons may attend the trial and that "an independent inquiry by Amnesty International and other accredited human rights organizations is welcomed to assess and verify the circumstances under which Mr. Khaie is charged and being tried, and the treatment he has been receiving while in detention." (David Nissman)

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