Iraq’s ambassador to Iran says so far no country in the world has agreed to shelter the dissident members of the US-backed MKO terrorist group.
According to International Law, the outlawed Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) should be handed over to any country which is prepared to harbor its members, Ambassador Mohammad Majid Al-Sheikh told Fars News Agency.
However, no government has so far expressed willingness to admit the group into their country, al-Sheikh added. Baghdad has issued a six-month deadline for the MKO to leave the Iraqi soil.
He ruled out the possibility of extraditing MKO members to Tehran saying according to International Law, Iraq is not allowed to force the members to return to Iran.
Al-Sheikh explained that any a member who is willing to return to Iran, should be handed over to the Red Cross, and the movement would then deliver them to Iran.
Al-Sheikh said that the Iraqi forces will soon take control of the Mujahedin group enclave, a small area about 60 km (35 miles) north of Baghdad.
"The MKO members are not allowed to exit the camp, nor they are not permitted to use arms," the ambassador said.
He added that Iraqi officials would hold meetings with the group members to persuade them to return to Iran, in case they were reject by all the other countries.
The dissident group leaders which are accountable for assassinating officials in Iran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution are based in France, but some 3,000 members of the group reside in Iraq.
Backed by the United States and the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hossein, the group has used its northern Iraq enclave – Ashraf – to launch military incursion against Iran.
The MKO is blacklisted as a terrorist group by a majority of the European Union member states as well as the United States.