EU appoints new adviser on EU's response to Camp Ashraf

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 / Trend , G.Dadashova /

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, announced today that she has appointed Jean De Ruyt to advise on the European Union's response to Camp Ashraf, EU website reported.

"Ambassador De Ruyt is an experienced diplomat who was until now Belgium's Permanent Representative to the European Union," she said in her statement.

"Taking up his new duties with immediate effect, and based in Brussels, he will work with the the Member States, MEPs, the Government of Iraq, the United Nations, the United States and other partners to advise the High Representative on how to solve the situation in Camp Ashraf in line with humanitarian and human rights principles."

In April, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Baghdad is determined to shut down Camp Ashraf, where members of the terrorist Mujahidin Khalq Organization (MKO) live, and disband the group.

Members of the MKO fled to Iraq in 1986, where they enjoyed the support of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and set up Camp Ashraf near the Iranian border in Diyala.

The group has carried out numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.

The terror organization is also known to have cooperated with Saddam in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds in the north.
Tehran has repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to expel the group, but the US has been blocking the expulsion by pressuring the Iraqi government.

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