UN chief wrote no letter on MKO

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has dismissed a BBC report that he has sent a letter on the situation of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO).

The BBC had reported that Ban had voiced concern about the situation of some 3,500 MKO members, who live in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

The report said the UN chief has sent the letter to Iraq’s Foreign Minister on 15 October 2008.

“Ban Ki-moon has sent no letter on the MKO to the Iraqi government and the news is not true,” UN Associate Spokesperson Farhan Haq told IRNA on Wednesday.

The MKO has blacklisted as a terrorist organization by several countries including the US. It has been involved in terrorist operations against Iran following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-88).

The group is also known for supporting Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hossein and is accused of collaborating with the Baath regime in the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.

Camp Ashraf is situated northeast of the Iraqi town of Khalis, about 120 kilometers west of the Iranian border and 60 kilometers north of Baghdad.

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