Iran Calls on UN to Speed Up Relocation of MKO from Iraq
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Tehran calls on the United Nations to come up with a plan to relocate the remaining members of the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) out of Iraq, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran praises the Iraqi government’s efforts for evacuation of Camp Ashraf, and also calls on the UN to devise serious measures for the (MKO) members to be transferred out of Iraq,” Marziyeh Afkham said today.
Her remarks came after the notorious Camp Ashraf, which hosted a few dozen MKO terrorists in eastern Iraq, was fully evacuated by the Iraqi authorities from its much-hated residents on Wednesday night.
The evacuation took place under the supervision of UN officials and more than 30 MKO terrorists were removed from the camp in Iraq’s Diyala province, about 80 kilometers west of the Iranian border and 40 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Afkham then took a swipe at the countries which have adopted double standards towards terrorism, and said, “Dual standards backfire and only cause the crisis to spread.”
She urged the countries, which claim to advocate counter-terrorism, to pursue a plan for the transfer and resettlement of MKO members, and added that they must be extradited to Iran to face trial for the crimes they have committed.
The official end of MKO terrorist group’s activities in Camp Ashraf took place some days after clashes in the camp left at least 50 of them dead.
The remaining members of MKO terrorists were transferred from Camp Ashraf (now the Camp of New Iraq) to Camp Liberty.
The MKO -- listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community -- fled Iran in 1986 for Iraq, fought on the side of Saddam Hussein during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-88), and was given a camp by Saddam.
The group has been behind numerous acts of terror against Iranian civilians and officials, and was involved in the 1991 bloody repression of Shiite Muslims in southern Iraq, and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the country's north.
The Iraqi government planned to close the camp at the end of December 2011, but the US pressure forced it to delay the evacuation.