Camp Ashraf residents announce readiness to leave Iraq: report

April 17, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- According to a report published by the Fars news agency on Saturday, the members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) who are based at Camp Ashraf has announced their readiness to leave Iraq.

The Fars news agency quoted a close source at the United Nations office in Iraq as saying, “The senior members of the MKO sent a letter to the UN Special Representative (for Iraq Ad Melkert) yesterday (Friday), in which they expressed (the group’s) readiness to leave Iraq.”
“In their letter, the senior members of the MKO called on the UN representative to prepare the ground for the group’s exit out of Iraq and their travel to a European country or the United States,” the source stated.
According to the source, Melkert is discussing the issue with officials of the French, British, and U.S. embassies in Baghdad.
On April 8, following orders of the government and in line with the new Iraqi Constitution, the Iraqi army tried to dismantle the terrorist group’s residential area, called Camp Ashraf, but the MKO members residing in the camp clashed with the Iraqi soldiers.
The Iraqi government has also set a deadline for Camp Ashraf residents to leave the country.
On April 13, the Iranian ambassador to Baghdad announced that Camp Ashraf residents can return to Iran under certain conditions.
“These persons can travel to Iran or any other country if they are willing to do so and if no criminal case has been filed against them in Iran or Iraq. They will also be given passports,” Ambassador Hassan Danaiifar stated.
Backed by the U.S. and some European countries, the MKO started its activities as a terrorist group based in Iraq in the early 1980s. In addition to the assassination of hundreds of Iranian officials and citizens, the group cooperated with Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime in its repression of the Iraqi people