Relocation of Terrorist Group Troubling Iraqis
The United Nations envoy to Iraq said he is "concerned" that violence may break out if the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) continues defying its agreement with Iraq and the United Nations over its relocation to a new camp near Baghdad.
Under a December 25 deal between the UN and Iraq, around 3,400 members of the MKO (also known as the MEK, NCR and PMOI), which is the main armed opposition of the Islamic Republic, are to move from their long-time base of Camp Ashraf to a new location called Camp Liberty[TTL].
The aim of the deal is to eventually see the terrorists resettled outside Iraq.
"I urge the remaining residents of Camp Ashraf to relocate to Camp Hurriya (Liberty) without delay," UN envoy Martin Kobler said in a statement.
"The relocation process should not be stalled. I am concerned that there will be violence if the relocation doesn’t recommence."
The MKO has been reluctant to leave Camp Ashraf as no world country has yet accepted to let them in, even the US which now acts as the group’s main sponsor and protector.
The first group of the terrorists moved to Camp Liberty[TTL] on February 18, and the UN statement said that two-thirds of them have been moved.
Kobler also called on countries "to include (the terrorists) who are eligible for refugee status in their resettlement quotas" so they can be resettled outside Iraq.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is still in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
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.