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North American Dominican Coordinating Committee on Iraq

The time has come for genuine diplomatic
and political solutions in Iraq

March 19, 2007, as the fifth year of war begins...

In light of the escalating humanitarian crisis of the Iraqi people, the entrenched violence of the insurgency, and the recent plan by the President of the United States to increase the level of US troop presence in the country,  the North American Dominican Coordinating Committee on Iraq continues to express its concern for peace and makes the following statement.

The time has come for genuine diplomatic and political solutions in Iraq. We urge the US Administration -- in collaboration with the United Nations and the International Community -- to seek a comprehensive cease fire by all factions in the country and to work with the Iraqi government on issues of national security, humanitarian aid, and reconstruction.  We believe that regional conferences which address the conflicts in the Middle East may open new possibilities for peace in Iraq and we urge the US to participate with a genuine will to achieve peace.

We oppose the escalation of US troop levels and the presence of permanent US military bases. We urge Congress to oppose the Administration’s present policies and plans.   It is time for the US government to yield authority to the Iraqi government, their police and military forces so that a planned withdrawal of US military forces from Iraq can begin. We continue to hold the United States Administration and Congress accountable for the ongoing suffering and death of innocent civilians in Iraq.

The number of refugees is emerging as a growing humanitarian
crisis in the region.


We urge the Administration and Congress to recognize that the Iraqi refugee situation, precipitated by the US invasion, has added to the destabilization of the entire region.  Approximately 2 million Iraqis have fled their country since the inception of war in 2003.  Neighboring countries such as Syria, Jordan and Turkey bear the burden of receiving newly displaced Iraqi citizens. It is estimated that inside Iraq, there are 1.8 million internally displaced people (IDPs). We believe that the US government has a moral responsibility to acknowledge this crisis and create responsible immigration policies that offer opportunities for shelter and safety to innocent Iraqi citizens.

We support the Administration’s call for economic development in Iraq which directly benefits the Iraqi people and their communities. We remain concerned about the protection of the human rights especially of women and religious minorities in Iraq.

We call on North American Dominicans to advocate for peace and as citizens by their continued contact with elected officials.  Our support of our Dominican Family and the people in Iraq is sure and certain in the midst of an uncertain time.  More than ever, our prayers are for peace.We encourage the Dominican Family to pray for all those involved in the conflict: our Dominican brothers and sisters; the people of Iraq; the US occupying forces, Iraqi and international troops; humanitarian workers; and political leaders of the US and Iraq.

North American Dominican Coordinating Committee on Iraq

Dusty Farnan, OP (Adrian)
North American Co-Promoter of Justice Peace and Care of Creation
Philippe LeBlanc, OP (Canada)
Permanent Delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland
Eileen Gannon, OP (DLC/Sparkill)
NGO Representative to the United Nations, New York City, New York
Reg McKillip, OP(Sinsinawa)
Justice Promoter for the  Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa
Lucianne Siers, OP (Grand Rapids)
Director, Partnership for Global Justice
Anne Lythgoe, OP (DLC/Elkins Park)
Communications Coordinator, Dominican Leadership Conference
Roberta Popara, OP (Sinsinawa) Member

Soldier and child

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Dominicans for Justice and Peace and the Dominican Leadership Conference petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council to address basic human needs of refugees and displaced people in Iraq and the region. READ THE STATEMENT

About 100,000 Iraqis leave their country each month, including many of Iraq’s best
educated professionals. Approximately 2 million Iraqis have fled since the 2003 invasion
and about 1.8 million Iraqis are internally displaced.

Iraq Refugees

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