European Parliament’s delegation: Iraq ignored two European Parliament resolutions about Camp Ashraf

Iraqi Foreign Ministry emphasizes use of peaceful measures vis-à-vis Camp Ashraf and respect for human obligations

The al-Hurra TV broadcasted an extensive report on April 26 about a meeting by a delegation from the European Union and parliamentary factions. In this report, Mr. Stevenson said: We have delivered the two resolutions to the Iraqi government that were ratified by the European Parliament about mechanism of dealing with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK); the resolutions emphasized that violence should not be used against the refugees and any planning for setting the stage for their expulsion from Iraq should be avoided. But on April 8, the Iraqi government ignored these European Parliament’s resolutions and killed 35 residents of Camp Ashraf and wounded many of them in recent events. Once again, we reiterate the necessity of not using violence against the refugees at Camp Ashraf.

Stevenson: “We have presented the two resolutions to the Iraqi government that were ratified by the European Parliament about mechanism of dealing with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran; the resolutions require that violence should not be used against the refugees and any planning for setting the stage for their expulsion from Iraq should be avoided. But on April 8, the government ignored this and killed 35 and wounded many of them during the recent events. Once again, we emphasize the necessity of not using violence against the refugees at Camp Ashraf.”

Al-Hurra reporter: “A number of members of parliament from various factions called for formation of a parliamentary committee for investigating the facts at Camp Ashraf and providing a mechanism that guarantees dealing with the PMOI refugees in accordance with the international human rights, and reiterated considerations vis-à-vis Iraq’s place in the international scene and its respect for human rights as a true democratic government.”

Mohammad al-Iqbal from al-Wasat coalition: It is hoped that dealing with this organization or any other human group would not be through any means but through the law and avoidance of targeting them and by non-violence and not using force in solving the problems. European Union’s entry into this subject may very well be a new development and needs to be discussed.

NINA news agency reported on April 26 that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in his meeting with the high ranking European Parliament delegates, led by Struan Stevenson, discussed ways to expand relations between Iraq and the European Parliament as well as the issue of the Camp Ashraf.

The Foreign Ministry statement said: “During the meeting with Stevenson, Zebari discussed the relations between Iraq and the European Parliament in view of the common agreement with Iraq and the possibility of completion and expansion of these relations in various areas and strengthening the relations with Iraqi parliament.” In regards to the issue of Camp Ashraf, the statement has emphasized taking peaceful measures and respect for human obligations.

According to NINA, during this meeting recent development in the Arab world and their impact on the future of the countries and nations in the region were also discussed.

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