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Hundreds of MEK members refuse to move from Camp Ashraf

Mayor of Khalis, Uday Alkhaddran, confirmed on Monday that hundreds of MEK members languishing at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province refused to move to a military base in Baghdad. Alkhaddran called on the government to work to remove them because they were "involved in spilling Iraqi blood and supported other terrorist groups."

Alkhaddran told Alsumaria News "more than 400 members of the MEK organization (PMOI) in Camp Ashraf in Diyala, which represent the second group which the Iraqi government want to transfer to Camp Liberty in Baghdad refused to obey to the order of transfer."

Alkhaddran said, "The Iraqi government has concluded an agreement with the United Nations Organization for the transfer of MEK from Diyala to Baghdad," adding that "members of the organization created false pretences which are not convincing"…

He warned the MEK of "massive popular protests in the province, if it continues the policy of procrastination and creates crises which aim to have the organization stay within the province," and accused the organization of "shedding the blood of thousands of Iraqis over three consecutive decades as it was an effective tool in creating sectarian strife and supporting terrorist groups during the past years."

He called on the government to "abide by its promises and the directives of the Diyala authorities."

On Monday the MEK accused the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) of not providing adequate services to the MEK members who had been transferred to Camp Liberty west of Baghdad, claiming that the camp lacks the most basic standards.

UNAMI said in its statement at the end of last January that the infrastructure of the facilities at Camp Liberty [Temporary Transit Location] comply with international humanitarian standards set forth in a memorandum of understanding signed between the Iraqi government and the United Nations.

A technical report prepared on January 30, 2012 by an expert on the shelters was based on the UNAMI statement that the camp was set up recently to house 5,500 people…

Alsumaria News, Translated by Iran Interlink

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