Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Providing an accurate picture of events in Iraq

The Guardian - December 16th 2005

Sir

Jonathan Steele seems to have mislaid almost a million Iraqis, nearly 7% of the population (Comment, December 15). Sunni and Shia Arabs, and Kurds are mentioned, but not the original inhabitants of Iraq, the Assyrians. Protecting the rights, electoral or human, of this indigenous Christian community is not a priority for the US, which is seeking a quick exit strategy, while the interim Iraqi government doesn't want to divide the spoils of victory any further. But unless something is done to address Assyrian concerns the trickle of refugees from the Nineveh plain will turn into a flood.

Charles Tannock MEP (Con)
Glyn Ford MEP (Lab)
Giorgos Dimitrakopolous MEP (European parliament rapporteur on Iraq)
Mark Seddon
Andy Darmoo (Save the Assyrians)