Transfer of Iranian exiles in Iraq welcomed by UN envoy

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The relocation of a group of Iranian exiles from a camp outside Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, to another camp has been welcomed by the top United Nations envoy in the country, Martin Kobler.

The group of 400 Iranian exiles arrived in Camp Hurriya from Camp Ashraf in eastern Iraq on Wednesday.

The Iranians, most of whom are members of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, will be housed in the new camp while preparations are being made for their resettlement in another country.

Farhan Haq, a spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General, has more.

"Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq noted that three-fourths of the residents from Camp Ashraf, 2,400 persons, have now moved to Camp Hurriya. He thanked them for their cooperation and called on those remaining in Camp Ashraf to act in the same spirit and start preparations for additional moves without delay, in order to peacefully complete the process. Martin Kobler repeated his request to the Government of Iraq to be generous with regard to the humanitarian needs of the residents, and also reiterated his appeal to Member States to accept the residents for resettlement in their countries."

Duration: 29"

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq has been working on the issue of the Iranian exiles for more than 18 months.

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