Forum remains committed to reconciliation after assassination of Kirkuk member
by FCT Secretariat
24 July 2013
It is with great sadness to learn of the death of Abdullah Sami al-Assi, a long-standing member of the Forum for Cities Transition group in Kirkuk.
Sheikh Abdullah was assassinated on Monday, 22nd July, along with two bodyguards.
He was head of the Arab bloc in Kirkuk Provincial Council, and his murder has been condemned by other blocs in the council also.
KPC Chairman, Hasan Turan, with other council members, have expressed their condolences.
On behalf of the Forum for Cities in Transition, its Director, Professor Padraig O’Malley, expressed his sympathies and resolve:
“The loss of Abdullah Sami al-Assi and his two body guards comes as a great shock to us, and saddens us immensely.
“We send our condolences both to his family, his colleagues in Kirkuk Provincial Council, and members of the FCT Kirkuk group.
“We remember his contributions to FCT conferences in Boston, Mitrovica, and Derry-Londonderry.
“His death brings home to us the precariousness of the lives and situations in which our Forum members live and work, and this will bring us closer together as a family in the Forum.
“We shall remain committed to facilitate reconciliation among warring or once warring parties, for any member city of the Forum.
“Our thoughts are with Sheikh Abdullah’s family and the people of Iraq, that there is no descent to a sectarian war, which would only leave even more dead and resolve little.
“Life is indeed fragile and we wish this to bring people together than to tear society apart.”
Abdullah Sami Assi was born in Kirkuk in 1964. He was educated at a military science college. His language is Arabic. His political affiliation is independent. His current position is as a member of the Kirkuk Provincial Council. Activities: Conference of Iraqi local leaderships organized by UN in Turkey in 2005; Workshop on Governance arrangements in Kirkuk organized by Friedrich Naumann Foundation held in Amman, Jordan, December 2008; and Berlin (2009).
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