MEP Struan Stevenson condemns ‘vicious’ Liberty attack

NCRI – Leading MEP Struan Stevenson has condemned the latest ‘vicious’ rocket attack on Camp Liberty which left two dead and more than 70 injured – and blamed Iran for ordering it.

Mr Stevenson – president of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with Iraq and of chairman of its Friends of a Free Iran – said the camp’s residents must now be urgently returned to Ashraf before more lives are lost.

He said in a statement: “The most recent terrorist attack on June 15 which left two dead and more than 70 people wounded, proved once more that the most urgent question now is the security and safety of the 3,100 people of the Iranian opposition People’s Mujahedin of Iran trapped in Camp Liberty.

“The only practical solution, while relocation isn’t happening, is to return them to Ashraf.

“Reports indicate that the Iranian regime’s Quds force, instructed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in coordination with security forces of the Iraqi government, took part in this vicious attack during lunch time Saturday, firing 40 rockets on the defenseless Iranian refugees.

“This atrocity was planned to coincide with the Iranian regime’s sham presidential election. Together with many colleagues in European Parliament, we had repeatedly written to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warning that another atrocity was imminent and that his discredited envoy in Iraq, Martin Kobler, was spending more time appeasing the brutal and venal governments of Iraq and Iran, than looking after the interest of these 3,100 refugees, who were supposed to be in his care.”

He also described the attack as a ‘major indictment’ of the failure of the UN to protect the refugees.

He added: “Not a single hard hat or armored vest has been provided to the residents of Camp Liberty, despite our repeated pleas following the past two rocket attacks, one of which in February took the lives of eight people. Not a single concrete T-wall has been restored to the camp, despite the fact that thousands of them are in the immediate vicinity of Liberty.”

More than 300 MEPs had now signed a statement criticizing Baroness Ashton and the EU Member States who have remained silent since this crime was committed, and thereby permitting the Iranian regime and the government of Iraq to continue with their program of murder and aggression, Mr Stevenson said.

He continued: “It seems more than ever that the rapid transfer to third countries of these refugees is a myth and despite Martin Kobler’s false promises, after one and a half years, only half a percent of the whole population have been moved outside of Iraq.”

Similar condemnations the attack have been issued by governments in Britain, Italy, Canada and the US.

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