Ahwazi: Ahwazi's Condolences to the Kurdish people
The Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz, presented s to the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Democratic Party of Iraqi Kurdistan,
during a Memorial Service in Washington to commemorate the Feb 1st
Kurdistan Bombing Victims in Iraq.
On Sunday February 8, 2004, a memorial service took place in the
Sheraton Hotel in Crystal City, outside Washington D.C. to commemorate
the tragic death of over one hundred Kurdish government officials and
innocent people as a result of the two suicide bombings in Erbil on
February 1, 2004.
The Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz, on behalf of over four million
Ahwazi (Arabistani) Arabs in Southwestern Iran, presented a message of
solidarity and condolence as follows:
Dear Kurdish Brothers and Sisters:
On behalf of the Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz (Arabistan), that
represents over Four million Ahwazi (Arabistani) Arabs in Southwest
Iran, who like you, suffer from oppression and persecution by the
central government in Iran, and like you, are fighting for promotion of
democracy, social justice and the rights of self determination in our
homeland, al-Ahwaz (Khuzestan), in Iran, we would like to take this
opportunity to express our utter disgust and our deep sympathy with you
for the death of Kurdish officials and innocent people in Erbi, last
Sunday on 1 February. No reason, what so ever, can justify the atrocity
We support your aspiration for autonomy in a federated.
History has shown that in a multi-ethnic state, only a system of
governance that accepts and promotes the rights of self determination is
the solution that can bring about democracy and social justice in such a
On behalf of our Party's branches in the U.S., Europe and inside Iran,
we mourn your death and support your struggle for self determination and
social justice under a federal system of government in Iraq.
A number of Ambassadors and U.S. high government official attended and
spoke during the three-hour event. Some of the participants were as follows:
Mr. Paul Wolfowits, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Keynote Speaker,
Ms. Rend al-Rahim, Iraqi Ambassador in Washington, congressmen Moran and
Makovasky members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Lawrence Rossin,
Special Assistant to President Bush, Philo Dibble, Deputy Assistant
Sectary of State, Dr. Mohammed Sabir, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan,
Farhad Barzani, Kurdistan Democratic Party, Karim Mosawi, Supreme
Council For Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Tamar Quinn, Women’s Alliance
for a Democratic Iraq, Pauline Jasim, Assyrian American Federation,
Jamal Abdullah Zadeh, Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran and many others.
The events started with a recital of Quraan and religious services by a
Kurdish religious Shaykh in Kurdish, Arabic and in English. Dr.
Wolfowitz also recited the Soreh (Verse) Al-Fateha in Arab and in
English. The walls were posted by the pictures of the victims and a
large banner in Kurdish and in English that read:” THE KURDISH
ASPIRATIONS FOR FEDERALISM, PEACE AND DEMOCRACY WILL SRENGTHEN IRAQI UNITY”