On 30-31 March 2007, the First International Syriac Symposium was held in Turabdin’s central town of Midyat. This symposium was for the most part financed by the European Union and was jointly organized by the Ulasilabilir Yasam Dernegi (Life Within Reach Association) a social organisation from Turkey and the European Syriac Union (ESU).
Al Qahira/Mousul: The Assyrian-Chaldean-Syriacs who live in and around Baghdad and Mousul have been intensively targeted by the terrorist groups in recent days. Since 30th September 2006 the Christians who live in and around Mousul were complaining about receiving threatening letters from unknown persons or groups.
On Friday, the 4th of November 2005, a delegation of the European Syriac Union (ESU) was received by His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I. Iwas, Patriarch of the Syriac-Orthodox Church, in the Mor Ephrem monastery in audience. The delegation consisted of Mr. Iskender Alptekin (Chairman), Mr. Fikri Aygur (Deputy Chairman) and Mr. Tuma Celik (Treasurer).