UNAMI concerned about Camp Ashraf residents

ERBIL, June 11 (AKnews) – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) chief in Iraq Martin Kobler is concerned about the lives of Iranian exiles at Camp Ashraf, eastern Iraq, if their transfer to a new camp was not implemented as stated in a deal between the UN and Iraq.

Kobler said in a statement on Monday that he feared that violence could occur if the residents of Camp Ashraf, in Diyala province east of Iraq, were not relocated to their new camp near Baghdad without delay.

He did not however the reason for the delay or who was responsible for it.

Part of the Camp Ashraf residents, members of the Iranian opposition group People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) group; have already been moved to Camp Liberty, their new camp near Baghdad. Some, however, still remain there.

The ultimate goal of the relocation of the PMOI members is to resettle them in third country.

In July 2009 and April 2011, Iraq security forces attacking the camp clashed with the PMOI members. In total, about 45 people from the camp were reported dead in the clashes.

RY/AKnews

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