Wednesday, August 24, 2005

THE IRAQI DRAFT CONSTITUTION is excerpted in detail by Reuters. With reference to the issue of Aramaic-speaking Christians, note the following:
"This constitution guarantees the Islamic identity of the majority of the Iraqi people, as well as complete religious rights for all individuals to freedom of beliefs and religious practice."

"Iraq is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country and it is part of the Islamic world, and the Arab people in it are part of the Arab nation."

"The Arabic language and Kurdish language are the two official languages of Iraq, and the right of Iraqis to educate their children in mother tongues such as Turkmen and Syriac in government teaching establishments ... or any other language in private institutions is guaranteed."

My emphasis. This sounds reasonably hopeful to me. It will be interesting to hear what AINA has to say about it.

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