News : Iranian opposition
- Published: Saturday, 21 September 2013
The United States and United Nations must honour their legal and moral duties to secure the release of seven hostages taken captive during the massacre at Camp Ashraf, Iranian Resistance president-elect Maryam Rajavi has demanded.
Mrs Rajavi condemned the '20 days of silence and inaction' since the hostages were seized during the bloodbath on September 1.
And the UN must also provide a permanent Blue Helmet force at Camp Liberty to protect Iranian dissidents in Iraq from further deadly attacks, Mrs Rajavi told an international conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva on Friday.
Mrs Rajavi said there was 'no doubt' that the Ashraf hostages were being held in a prison near Baghdad airport by forces under command of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
She said: "The September 1 massacre in Ashraf has turned the already precarious conditions in Camp Liberty into a pressing matter.
"The ominous intentions of the Iraqi government have become evident as despite guarantees by UN officials and US Secretary of State, it continues to obstruct the provision of minimum security provisions for Camp Liberty residents, such as the transfer of personal protective gear and medical equipment from Ashraf to Liberty, and it refuses to allow the 17,500 T-walls that protected the containers to be returned to the camp.
"Since Government of Iraq has no competence whatsoever in protecting the residents and is itself their murderer, the UN monitoring team and UN Blue Helmet forces should be stationed inside Camp Liberty at all hours of the day because without the presence of a third force in Camp Liberty, no security is conceivable."
Delegates at the conference also openly criticised the US and UN for its inaction over the atrocities in Ashraf and Liberty and called on them to live up to their commitments to the residents of Camp Liberty - all protected persons under the Fourth Geneva Convention - who lives are still at risk.
Other participants at the conference included: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former Prime Minister of Spain; Giulio Terzi, Foreign Minister of Italy (2011-2013); Horst Teltschik, leader of the Munich Security Conference (1999-2008); Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Phillip Crowley,US Assistant Secretary of State of (20092-011); Senator Ingrid Betancourt, former presidential candidate in Colombia; Jean-Charles Rielle, Eric Vorou,Luc Bartesa, and Mauro Poggia Swiss legislators; Alessandro Pagano, member of Italian parliament; Senator Gerie Douran and Senator Ripol from Spain; Dennis Demvel, member of Belgian parliament; Tahar Boumedra, former senior UN official and in charge of Camp Ashraf case; Marc Ginsberg, former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco; former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli; General Mesghal Al-Batish, Staff Brigadier General of Syrian Free Army; Fereshteh Bolourchi, representative of National Council of Resistance in Germany and mother of Rahman Mannani, a martyr of September 1st massacre; Colonel Wesley Martin, a commander of Ashraf protection; and Nils De Dardel, lawyer and Co-Chair of the Committee in Defense of Camp Ashraf in Switzerland also addressed the conference
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