MEK stalling further relocation

Mujahedin-e Khalq organization stated that no additional transfer will take place until “the Special Representative of Secretary General and the Iraqi government declare their approval of the minimum assurances, particularly departure of Iraqi police from inside Camp Liberty,” on the pretext that their presence leads to tension, violence and massacre of the residents!  

According to Habilian Association (families of Iranian terror victims), National Council of Resistance of Iran - the so-called political wing of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK, MKO, PMOI), which United States designates a terrorist organization - in a statement underlined that no additional transfer will take place until “the Special Representative of Secretary General and the Iraqi government declare their approval of the minimum assurances, particularly departure of Iraqi police from inside Camp Liberty,” on the pretext that their presence leads to tension, violence and massacre of the residents!

This inappropriate demand is an affront to Iraq’s sovereignty and in contrast to UN Secretary-General’s statement released on Thursday in which Ban Ki Moon reiterated that “the Government of Iraq bears the primary responsibility for the security and the welfare of the residents of Camp Ashraf.”

“At the same time, the residents of Camp Ashraf also bear a responsibility to abide by the laws of Iraq. Any provocation or violence must be avoided and would be unacceptable,” Ban Ki Moon added.

Earlier last month, the special adviser for Camp Ashraf in Iraq, Ambassador Daniel Fried, said that Camp Liberty will be an Iraqi facility, adding “it’s not going to be a kind of independent, self-governed, autonomous, extraterritorial facility, which is what Camp Ashraf has been for many years.”

Three hundred and ninety seven MKO members on Friday started relocating from Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, to a temporary home near the Iraqi capital’s international airport.

The United Nations has welcomed safe relocation of about 400 residents of the Iraqi settlement formerly known as Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty, calling it “the first step towards a better future.”

Mr. Kobler commended Iraqi authorities “for having ensured a safe and secure relocation of the first group of residents. I urge them to pursue the relocation of the remaining residents in a manner that continues to guarantee the human rights, safety and welfare of all residents.”


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