|Iran hails closure of Camp Ashraf in Iraq||
TEHRAN – Iran has hailed the Iraqi government for its efforts to close Camp Ashraf, the residence of the terrorist group of Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) in eastern Iraq.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry called on the Iraqi government and the United Nations to make efforts to promptly expel the members of the terrorist group from the temporary transit camp of Liberty as well.
The Foreign Ministry also warned countries supporting the MKO about their legal liability, calling on them to stop their financial and political sponsorship for the group.
The last remaining dissidents in Camp Ashraf have been transferred to Camp Liberty in Baghdad pending resettlement abroad, the United Nations said on Thursday, less than two weeks after a bout of violence that killed 52 people there.
The MKO fought on Saddam’s side during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war and was given a camp by the strongman who was toppled by the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.
Fifty two dissidents were killed in violence at Camp Ashraf on September 1, which the MKO blamed on Iraqi army and special forces. Baghdad said the accusation was baseless and that it would investigate what had happened.
“The ... events of 1st September ... were a somber reminder of the necessity to conclude the final phase of the relocation process without further delay,” acting UN envoy to Iraq Gyorgy Busztin said in a statement.
“Resettlement outside Iraq is now the priority, and it is urgent that countries ready to host the residents come forward to accept them, providing them a safe future outside Iraq.”
Before the violence there were about 100 members at Camp Ashraf. Most of its inhabitants were relocated last year to a former U.S. military base in northeastern Baghdad known as Camp Liberty.
The U.S. State Department removed the MKO from its list of terrorist organizations last year.
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