U.S. speaks well of Iraq for “positive measures” on Ashraf impasse

The U.S. Department of State commended the Government of Iraq yesterday for taking “constructive steps” to advance the process of relocation of Mujahedin-e Khalq members from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty.

According to Habilian Foundation website, in a statement released on Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland praised positive measures of the Iraqi Government, such as “transporting the cargo convoy of 300 additional air conditioners, several large water tanks, additional generators, and three specially-equipped vehicles for residents with disabilities” from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty and its commitment to a “peaceful resolution” of the stalemate.

She added that the time is now for the leadership of the Ashraf residents to “take a similarly constructive step and immediately resume the relocation of residents” from Camp Ashraf to Camp Liberty.

She also expressed support for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq’s (UNAMI) roadmap presented to the Government of Iraq on Monday “suggesting a series of steps to complete the peaceful relocation” of remaining MKO members at Camp Ashraf.

UN mission in Iraq said in a news release on Monday that the roadmap has been designed to “address the concerns of both the residents and the Government of Iraq.”

The relocation is in line with the memorandum of understanding signed on 25 December between Iraq and United Nations to temporarily transfer members of the terrorist group to a former U.S. military base for the UNHCR to determine their refugee status.

To date, roughly two-thirds of the members of the these people have been relocated to Camp Liberty in five groups of 400; however, some 1200 of them still remain at Ashraf.