US embassy cable - 88BAGHDAD28 (original version)

CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL (original version)

Identifier: 88BAGHDAD28
Wikileaks: View 88BAGHDAD28 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Baghdad
Created: 1988-01-02 12:58:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PINS IZ
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R 021258Z JAN 88
FM AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9118
C O N F I D E N T I A L BAGHDAD 00028 
 
E.O. 12356: DECL:OADR 
TAGS:  PINS IZ 
SUBJECT:  CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL 
 
1.  (C-ENTIRE TEXT) 
 
2.  ON DECEMBER 29 AMBASSADOR CALLED ON SENIOR 
CHRISTIAN CLERIC RESIDENT IN MOSUL, CHALDEAN 
ARCHBISHOP GARMO (STRICTLY PROTECT), 
FOR DISCUSSION OF CHRISTIAN CONDITIONS IN 
MOSUL AREA. 
 
3.  GARMO TOLD US THAT HE DID NOT EXPECT ANY 
FURTHER DISTURBING OF CHRISTIAN VILLAGES.  AS 
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, WHAT RELOCATION THERE HAS BEEN 
HAS BEEN OVER FOR WEEKS.  THE CHRISTIAN (NOT JUST 
CHALDEAN) VILLAGES TO THE NORTH OF MOSUL IN THE 
AREA AROUND TELL KAYF ARE EXISTING NORMALLY. 
(A SUBSEQUENT VISIT TO SEVERAL OF THOSE VILLAGES 
CONFIRMED THAT THIS IS THE CASE.) 
 
4.  THE TWO CHIEF ISSUES ON THE PATRIARCH'S 
MIND, GARMO SAID, ARE THE CHRISTIAN DESIRE TO 
OBTAIN PERMISSION FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHING IN THE 
SCHOOLS, (THIS IS ALLOWED ONLY IF THE STUDENT 
BODY LS 51& CHRISTIAN), AND THE WISH FOR SOME 
KIND OF NEWSLETTER. 
 
5.  UNFORTUNATELY, THE PATRIARCH HAS NOT BEEN ABLE 
TO OBTAIN AN APPOINTMENT WITH SADDAM FOR SOME 
TIME.  WHILE THE "UNPRECEDENTED" CHRISTMAS 
GREETINGS FROM SADDAM TO THE PATRIARCH ON 
CHRISTMAS EVE HAD RAISED HOPES, THEY WERE DASHED 
WHEN SADDAM CONTINUED TO PUT OFF THE PATRIARCH, 
BUT DID RECEIVE THE CHALDEAN ARCHBISHOP 
RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TINY CHALDEAN LEBANESE 
COMMUNITY. 
 
6.  LOCALLY, THE GOVERNOR IS UNFAILINGLY 
PLEASANT, BUT WILL TAKE NO INITIATIVE.  THE 
ARCHBISHOP, THEREFORE, RELIES ON THE HEAD OF 
SECURITY FOR  MOSUL, A NEW APPOINTEE 
WHO HAS SO FAR PROVED HELPFUL AND COMPASSIONATE. 
BUT THIS IS A WEAK REED, AND THE CHURCH WOULD 
NATURALLY PREFER TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE TOP.  IN 
THE CASE OF SOME SERIOUS PROBLEM 
THE CHRISTIANS STILL REGARD THEIR ACE IN THE 
HOLE TO BE ADNAN KHAIRALLAH'S FATHER, 
WHO IS ACCESSIBLE AND HAS BEEN HELPFUL DURING 
DIFFICULT TIMES IN THE PAST. 
 
7.  IN VISITING MONASTERIES AND VILLAGES NORTHEAST 
AND SOUTHEAST OF MOSUL,     EMBASSY OFFICIALS 
DID SEE MONEY BEING SPENT BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR 
THE CHRISTIANS.  THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SPANKING 
NEW VILLAGES, MARKED "SADDAM MODEL VILLAGE," 
AND THE 4TH CENTURY MONASTERY AT MAR BAHNAM 
HAS RECEIVED AN EXPENSIVE FACELIFTING INSIDE 
AND OUTSIDE, INCLUDING EXPENSIVE NEW MARBLE FACING. 
 
 
GLASPIE 

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