Last night, the fifth group of Ashraf residents moved towards Camp Liberty. In a very filthy and anti-human measure, against its commitments to the UN, and in violation of agreements over the fifth move of residents to CL, the GOI has returned to Ashraf the utility trucks (water, sewage and fuel) being en route. NCRI has released a statement in this regard.
Changing direction of utility trucks en route to Camp Liberty and returning them to Ashraf before the eyes of UN monitors
A dirty betrayal and ploy to relocate the fifth group from Ashraf to Liberty without water, fuel and utility trucks * Mrs. Rajavi asked for immediate intervention of UN Secretary-General and U.S. officials and announced that she would not recommend anybody to go to Liberty from Ashraf any more until this issue is fixed and all agreements are implemented completely After two weeks of exhausting talks and after changing eight drafts with SRSG Martin Kobler that was totally violation of commitments and infringement of the MOU and previous letters and agreements with the GOI, finally at about 8 p.m. local time Friday May 4, more than 400 residents of Ashraf departed for Camp Liberty.
Inspection of the cargo and the residents in unbearable heat lasted eight days from Friday, April 27 until evening, Friday, May 4, and the transfer of half of the cargo has been postponed to future. The move of fifth group was brought about upon the insistence of Special Advisor on Ashraf to Secretary Clinton and Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Iraq and in a condition where against numerous letters and emails of Mr. Kobler, Iraqi officials rejected the transfer of the vehicles and trailers especially made for the handicapped and paraplegic patients.
After two weeks of tense negotiations and correspondence, only one minibus for 400 people and six utility trucks (three water tankers, two sewage tankers, and one fuel tanker) were approved to be transferred with the fifth column. Nevertheless, just in an hour after the convoy, monitored by the UN monitors, departed, the residents who were on the buses figured out that the utility trucks are not in the convoy and hence informed their friends in Ashraf by their mobiles. During the first hour, nobody either in Ashraf or on the buses was able to call the UN monitors. Later, it became clear that the utility trucks, with a resident in each of them, were being returned to Ashraf upon the orders of Iraqi officials.
Approving the transfer of six utility vehicles and then changing their direction and returning them while being en route is a dirty betray and ploy and flagrant violation of all agreements before the eyes of UN and its monitors so that the 400 residents go under further pressure lacking water, sewage and fuel tankers. The residents in the fifth group have reportedly asked en route for immediate return of all to Ashraf in their contacts with the SRSG and U.S. officials.
Mrs. Rajavi, upon whose request Ashraf residents accepted to move to Camp Liberty, asked for immediate intervention of the UN Secretary-General and U.S. officials and announced that she would not recommend anybody to go to Liberty from Ashraf any more until this issue is fixed and all agreements are implemented completely. In its successive statements, the UNHCR has emphasized the right to movement for the residents in Liberty; however, Liberty has remained to be a prison surrounded by armored vehicles.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 4, 2012