Successful resettlement of Camp Liberty, a vital step
By: Keyvan Salami
On Friday September 9, the last 280 members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI or MeK) in camp liberty, left Iraq safely for Europe.
14 years of heroic resistance and countless international efforts by thousands of Political dignitaries and Parliamentarians all over the globe, for security and protection of the residents of camp liberty resulted in a victorious resettlement that enjoyed international congratulations.
Camp liberty hosted approximately 3,000 Iranian political refugees who are the symbol of hope and courage to young people in Iran.
The fundamentalist regime, ruling in Iran provided extensive financial and military support for the terrorist groups in Iraq to annihilate its alternative resulting in 5 missile attacks against the innocent residents of the camp. Such assaults left 141 dead, over 1000 wounded. In addition to terrorist attacks the residents suffered inhumane siege over the camp by banding fuel, food, medical aids and essential protective equipment such as T-walls inside in to the camp.
The resettlement of the camp received joyful welcomes from dignitaries, US congressional leaders, UN secretary general, and lawmakers of European countries, theyshared the happiness of the Iranian people and the resistance in blockading the mullah regime’s plans against the lives of residents and congratulated Mrs, Maryam Rajavi, the president elect of Iranian resistance for thesafe relocation of the residents.
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said: “I continue to stand with the people of Iran and the Iranian-American community who yearn for a free Iran. The safe resettlement of these Iranian dissidents is a vital step in countering the Iranian regime’s malign influence in the region.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, wrote in her twitter, "Glad to hear the good news that all MEK residents from Camp Liberty have been transferred safely to out of Iraq and away from Iranian threats."
Alejo Vidal-Quadras former VP of the European Parliament and president of International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) said:“This is a major defeat for the mullahs and the final failure of its repeated criminal attempts to massacre all the residents in Camp Liberty. It is also a historic victory for the Iranian resistance and the Iranian people and all supporters of democracy and freedom in Iran
The relocation was also welcomed by 28 top former U.S. officials, which included Amb. John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr., Frances Townsend, Joseph Lieberman, Tom Ridge, Howard Dean, Marc Ginsberg, and Rudy Giuliani.
The spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also issued a statement thanking member states and international organizations for “the successful resolution of this humanitarian issue.”
Struan Stevenson former member of the European Parliament and President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) in his statement said: “The victorious transfer of the residents and the regime’s ultimate major defeat in this regard, opens a new chapter for the Iranian people and it’s Resistance. Now that the main organized democratic opposition is safely out of Iraq, we need to focus on the human rights situation, the end of executions and a democratic change; a free Iran”.