There is no clear plan regarding how the Nineveh Plains will be governed after liberation and how the minorities will be protected, underlined the spokeswoman on Humans Right and Foreign Policy for the German Greens and Member of the European Parliament, Barbara Lochbihler, during her visit at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) on Monday, 31 October, 2016. Towards that end, the European Union should become more active in engaging the local actors on the ground to resolve political problems and stabilise Iraq through dialogue and reconciliation. So far, the EU parliamentarians are not dealing with Iraq in a comprehensive manner, she added.
In her meeting with MERI’s research fellows, the MEP showed particular interest in the latest developments vis-à-vis Mosul and MERI’s work on minorities in the Nineveh Plains entitled Perceptions on Reconciliation and Conflict among Minorities in Northern Iraq. The MEP stressed the importance of a political plan in Nineveh that addresses the grievances of the local population, including the minorities.
MERI’s President, Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, mentioned that people have high expectations of the role of the EU for humanitarian and stabilisation purposes. MERI aims to be a platform for dialogue between international, regional and local stakeholders, Ala’Aldeen stressed. He also argued that it is the coordination of all these actors that can bring better results in addressing ethno-sectarianism and promoting good governance and rule of law.