UN experts ready to monitor relocation of Iranian exiles in Iraq

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Iranian refugees in Iraq

More than 3,000 Iranian exiles who have been at a camp in north-eastern Iraq are to be relocated to a new site, according to a United Nations spokesman.

In December last year, the United Nations and the Iraqi government signed an agreement to relocate the Iranians from Camp Ashraf, which is now called Camp New Iraq.

The Iranians, who belonged to the People’s Mujahedeen and joined Iraqi soldiers during the Iran-Iraq war, were disarmed by United States forces.

The agreement between the UN and the Iraqi government stipulates that conditions at the new camp for the Iranian exiles have to be in accordance with international humanitarian standards.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky has more.

"The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Human Rights Office of the Mission in the country have now confirmed that the infrastructure and facilities at new site, Camp Liberty, are in accordance with the international humanitarian standards stipulated in the Memorandum. The Mission also says that UN monitors are ready to start round-the-clock human rights monitoring during the transport of residents from Camp New Iraq, as well as upon their arrival at camp Liberty."Duration: 26"

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