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Posted by Jeff Atto from ( on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 2:52PM :

In Reply to: Re: Thank you for kind words and warm invitations posted by Azhi from ( on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 1:38PM :

: I would like to thank you all for your kind words and warm invitations. Believe me, it is always pleasant to deal with those who approach problems without emotions affecting their judgment.

: Being a Gorani-speaking Kurd from Qasr-i Shirin (Iran), I am not much familiar with Assyrians and their problems; this may make me appear ignorant at times.

: So, the big question which deserve the Nobel Prize (if solved): How can the problem between the Kurds and the Assyrians be solved?

: Looking forward to reading your replies.

: Azhi

Dear Azhi,
I think the most important thing we could do to resolve the problems between our people is (and keep in mind this isn't my idea, it's Tiglath's) to put religion aside! Muslim vs. Christian is cliche and we need to put that behind us. The Kurds and Assyrians have made a lot of progress in recent history... we need to build on those baby steps with more concrete efforts to unite the two communities.

A joint charity or joint development organization might be the trick, but I haven't put enough thought into the idea to write about it further. I happen to know that the Assyrian Aid Society has done some work with exclusively Kurdish villages, which is a good step in bridging the communities. Tiglath and Doc Sankho can tell us more about this work.

Just my initial two cents... perhaps later I'll elaborate some more with better, more in-depth ideas.

-- Jeff Atto
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