( Cihan ) - Officials from the United Nations, Turkey and Iraq will convene on Monday to determine the fate of the people living in Makhmour camp based in northern Iraq.
The trilateral meeting hosted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will be held in Geneva, Switzerland where the main office of the UN agency is located.
Metin Corabatir, External Affairs Officer of the UNHCR office in Ankara, said that the aim of the meeting was to discuss the "return home agreements" which were established with a mutual agreement in 2003 and 2004 but never implemented.
Corabatir added that the UN had started to keep records of the camp since Feb. 18 and that they were planning to persuade all sides that the people at the camp were all civilians.
Northern Iraq-based camp is a much-debated issue between Turkish officials and the UN. While Turkey is requesting the closing down of the camp citing it is run by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the UN prefers to give the opportunity to those who want to return to their homes and others to live elsewhere in Iraq.
Around 12,000 people, who immigrated in Iraq in early 1990's, are currently living in the Makhmour camp, some ten kilometers from northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to the UN data.
On Jan. 17, Iraqi security forces conducted a search under the supervision of the US led-coalition forces in the camp. It was stated that no weapons were found and that only 'civilians' were living in the camp. Also a census was held in the camp on Jan. 26 under the surveillance of the UN officials.