As we approaching our final days of the year 2017, we would like to share our latest information and views with you regarding the situation of Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in Middle East countries and also in diaspora countries, namely in Europe.
Following our successful Congress during this year, ESU altered its administration and delegates. With our new team across Europe, we continue to emphasize and expand our political, diplomatic, and social relations with various actors to underline the situation of our people and present the demands of our people to continue their existence in their ancestral homeland.
With the liberation of Mosul and adjacent territories in Iraq also Nineveh Plains, our beleaguered people had anew the hope to return back to their homes, villages, and towns. Destruction, annihilation and exodus of Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people from Nineveh Plains left deep trauma among our people. During the last three months, we continued our works, meetings, and forums regarding our people in Iraq to support and assist them for safe return. During this period, we also had opportunity to be present in Iraq and Syria with an European delegation to see the situation on the ground from Nineveh Plains to Northern Syria and also visiting Syriac military forces present in Raqqa with Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF.
On the other hand, ongoing seizure of Syriac properties in Turabdin had been one of the priorities in ESU. From the first day until now, we continue to work for the return of the properties to their owners.
As ESU, we will continue to focus on the situation of Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in Iraq and Syria. We are planning conferences, meetings across European countries and also inside European Parliament to inform authorities. One of the core issues of our responsibility is also to meet our people and strengthen relations with our people. During last months, we visited almost all European capital to meet our people and exchange them.
We are approaching to the final days of the 2017 which had been also a year of sadness and happiness for our people. Liberation of Nineveh Plains was historical moment for our people to return back to their homeland. Moreover, the task is not finished and returning back to destroyed and burned homes, villages and towns is another challenge for our people that we will stand with forever.
In this regards, from the ESU administration and Co-chairs, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year of 2018 in which we hope to see and meet you along different occasions.