Iraq urges UN to speed up relocation of MKO terrorists

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari has called on the United Nation to speed up efforts to relocate the members of the terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) to third countries.

During a meeting with Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General for relocation of camp Hurriya (Liberty) occupants in Baghdad on Wednesday, Zebari stated that the UN needs to expedite the resettlement of the MKO terrorists outside Iraq, noting that the Iraqi government has fulfilled all its obligations in this respect.

He also emphasized Iraq’s support for all efforts aimed at relocating the MKO terrorists to outside the Arab country.

Zebari further noted that the Baghdad government has recently made a financial contribution of half a million dollars to a trust fund proposed by the UN chief to cover the costs related to the MKO relocation.

In a press release on December 27, 2013, the UN refugee agency said that UNHCR and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) had relocated 311 out of 3,200 residents of the Camp Hurriya (Liberty) to third countries.

In December 2011, the United Nations and Baghdad agreed to relocate some 3,000 MKO members from Camp New Iraq, formerly known as Camp Ashraf, to the former US-held Camp Hurriya.

The last group of the MKO terrorists was evicted by the Iraqi government in September 2013 and relocated to Camp Hurriya to await potential relocation to other countries.

The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has committed numerous terrorist acts against Iranians and Iraqis.

The group fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, where it received now-executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s support and set up Camp Ashraf near the Iranian border.