Envoy Underlines MKO’s Terrorist Nature

Iranian people are well aware of the group’s terrorist nature and the EU action could not distort the reality
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Kazemi Qomi said on Saturday that striking the anti-Iran terrorist group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization, off the list of terrorist organizations by the EU will not change MKO’s terrorist nature.
“Iraqi people and government and also Iranian people are well aware of the group’s terrorist nature and the EU action could not distort the reality,” Kazemi Qomi told FNA.
The European Union is expected to strike the main Iranian armed opposition group in exile off its list of terrorist organizations on Monday, according to EU officials.
The EU decision will come as a so-called “A point” at Monday’s meeting.
“A points” are usually rubber-stamped without discussion as the details have already been ironed out by ambassadors, but nations could still raise objections.
Irrespective of the possible measures to be adopted by the EU, the terrorist nature of the group would not change, he reiterated.
The envoy also called on the European Union to lodge the MKO in one of its member states if it feels sympathy for the group.
Referring to the Iraqi government’s decision to expel MKO members from the country, he stressed, “As the Iraqi government officially stated, misled and repentant members of the group could return to Iran or go to another country.”
Iraqi National Security Adviser Muwafaq Al-Rubaie said here in Tehran on Wednesday that the MKO will be expelled from Iraq in the near future.
Rubaie had also earlier said that his country is determined to implement its decision for closing the MKO headquarters in Diyala province.
“Iraq has made a decision for Ashraf camp and will implement it firmly,” Rubaie told reporters following his arrival at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Monday.
“We have put forward two solutions for them, they either return to Iran or find a third country for exile. There is no third way for them,” he added.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a letter last year in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the camp are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.
A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations.
According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.
The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran’s new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam’s army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.

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