On October 21, Mrs. Rezan Kader, the High Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq in Italy intervened in the Department of History and Preservation of Cultural Heritage, University of Udine, on the occasion of presentation of the results of the project " PARTeN and project documentation, protection and enhancement of the cultural heritage of northern Iraqi Kurdistan." At the event, also as a speaker, Governor of Dohuk, Dr. Farhad Atrushi in official visit to Italy.
The " Regional archaeological Project, Land of Nineveh" is a broad interdisciplinary research conducted by the "Italian Archaeological Mission in Assyria" (MAIA) of the University of Udine.
The project aims to study the archaeological landscape of the region of Dohuk and to document and highlight the extraordinary archaeological heritage of this region.
The meeting was opened by the welcome message from the Rector of the University of Udine, Dr. Alberto F. De Toni and the highest local authorities, such as Dr. Peter Fontanini, President of the Province of Udine and Dr. Furio Honsell, Mayor of Udine.
Mrs. Kader, in her speech, thanked and praised the work of researchers in the archaeological mission and has drawn attention to what is happening in Iraq and in the Kurdistan Region. She thanked the Italian Government, the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the person of the Minister Mogherini for being one of the first European governments to be present in the Kurdistan Region by providing humanitarian assistance, political support and military support recently.
In particular, Mrs. Kader highlighted the plight of hundreds of women and girls from the minority Yazidi who are taken captive by militants of the Islamic State and sold for a few hundred dollars. Finally, the High Representative, has launched an appeal for solidarity and support to the Kurdistan Regional Government, raising awareness of the institutions at the national level but especially at European and international level to ensure that crimes of this magnitude are no longer committed.
Other speakers at the conference: Dr. Nino Merola, Senior Development Cooperation Expert of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Hassan Qasim, Director of Antiquities in Dohuk, Professor Morandi Bonacossi, Project Director Parten and other authorities.