Iraqi Parliament’s full support for government to expel MKO

The head of the Iraqi Parliament Osama al-Nujayfi announces his support for Maliki's decision to end the activity of the Mojahedin-e Khalq in Iraq.

The head of the Iraqi Parliament Osama Nujayfi said on Thursday that parliament supports the decision of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to end the presence of the MKO at the end of this year, noting that Iraq needs international support and expertise in the field of democracy, while a British parliamentary group wanted Nujayfi to intervene with the Iraqi government for approval of the British parliamentary delegation's visit to Camp Ashraf.

Alsumaria News was given a statement issued by the Office of the Speaker of the House Osama Nujayfi who is currently on a visit to London with an Iraqi parliamentary delegation which is under his chairmanship. The statement said "he met with the British parliamentary group chaired by Baroness Nicholson, who in turn welcomed the President and members of the Iraqi delegation, expressing her delight with this meeting" and noting that "the British parliamentary delegation raised several questions including the issue of the Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) and Camp Ashraf."

The statement added that Nujayfi, "said the House of Representatives supports the Iraqi government's decision to evacuate the MKO to a third country," adding that "the British parliamentary group demanded that the Iraqi parliament intervene with the Iraqi government to agree to a British parliamentary delegation visit to Camp Ashraf.”

The Iraqi government issued a decision to end the Organization's presence in the country before the end of the year 2011, as a terrorist organization which took part in killing Iraqis, and reinforced the latest decision announced by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense which provided for the formation of a committee to investigate the riots witnessed at the camp during April…

… It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said in a press statement on the 12 of October that Iraq gives the MKO the opportunity until the end of this year, after which Iraq is free to take a decision that ends their presence on Iraqi territory, pointing out that this organization has no legal cover as it has implemented terrorist acts in Iran and interferes in the internal affairs of Iraq …

Translated by Iran Interlink