Most Iranian exiles relocated from northern Iraq base
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||23 October 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Most Iranian exiles relocated from northern Iraq base, 23 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5090e5968.html [accessed 22 May 2013]|
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October 23, 2012
By RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq
A general view shows the former U.S. military base Camp Liberty, which will be the new temporary home of exiled Iranian opposition members
The United Nations' special representative for Iraq says 3,000 residents of the camp that's served as a base for an Iranian exile group have moved to a transit site.
Martin Kobler told RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq that there are 100 people staying in Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq "until the technical handover is arranged."
Kobler said all the residents will have interviews at Camp Liberty, near Baghdad, before getting the status of internationally protected persons from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Camp Ashraf has been the base of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), an Iranian opposition group that has been designated as a terrorist organization by Tehran.
The United States removed the MKO from its list of foreign terrorist organizations in September.