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VP Alejo Vidal-Quadras - Martin Kobler A Shame for UN, Germany, and Europe

Brussels, March 27, 2013 - Thank you very much dear friends, Mrs. President. It is always a pleasure with you.

First, I would like to offer my special welcome to the distinguished guests present here, many with long history of support and sympathy for the liberation movement in Iran.

I would also like to offer special welcome to two outstanding Spanish politicians that are with us today for the first time. Of course I am referring to Senator Margarita Duran, and Senator Virginia Romero From the Spanish Senate.

They are here to broaden the Spanish support under the banner of Mrs. President. We welcome you and we expect a lot from your presence and your support. There is no doubt that the February 9th rocket attack on Camp Liberty that resulted in the death of 7 people and the wounding of about 100, was carried out by the Iranian regime with the assistance of the Iraqi government.

 

Another such attack on Camp Liberty is highly likely. The US government has announced that such attack could happen any time and the government of Iraq has said that they are not able to prevent such attack. It is of course true because they are cooperating with the Iranian regime.

 

Prior to the Security Council session on Iraq on March 21 of 2013, I sent a detailed report on Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty to the Council members on behalf of the international Committee in Search of Justice. The reason for writing such letter, 4th of its kind, is the lack of impartiality of Martin Kobler. United Nation’s envoy in Iraq has shown to be biased and unfair behavior.

The rapid relocation process has failed.

Instead of deceiving the residents with the success of this process, Martin Kobler and his wife, German ambassador to Iraq should answer this simple question. Why did they refuse to renew the passports of three of the residents who were killed as a result of the Feb. 9th rocket attack? These three were previously refugees in Germany.

Why they did not transfer Hamid Rabii, one of the three who died a month later to Germany for treatment that could have saved his life?

Martin Kobler is a barrier in solving this problem. His intentions were to close Ashraf at any cost with no regards to its consequences. An impartial court should investigate and question him for sending these 3,000 freedom loving individuals to Camp Liberty where they are extremely vulnerable to future missile attacks.

As long as Martin Kobler is the United Nation’s envoy to Iraq, the danger for the residents of Camp Liberty is much higher than it would be if this function were attributed to an honest, professional and objective UN official, qualities that Martin Kobler is far from enjoying.

Martin Kobler is a shame for the United Nations, a shame for Germany, and a shame for Europe. I hope my words will soon arrive to him because I feel fully responsible for what I am saying.

I hope one day, he will pay for his malignant behavior and for the lives of the victims of the Iranian regime that he has failed to protect as it was his duty. I regret and request from the UN Secretary General the immediate removal of Martin Kobler from Iraq and his replacement by someone with a moral diplomatic and human level necessary for the job.

Since security cannot be guaranteed under current conditions in Iraq, any solution must guarantee relocation from Liberty, either the residents should immediately be transferred to US or European countries or they should be relocated to Ashraf where their asylum process could continue.

Allow me to state two points here, first the European Union should not stay on the sidelines, they should take on their responsibilities. On march 7th, Mr. Stevenson, Jim Higgins And five other vice presidents including myself wrote to president Van Rompuy And Catherine Ashton that we are unhappy with the institution’s role in the largest humanitarian case of the current century as Mr. Stevenson has emphasized.

I remind these leaders, particularly Lady Ashton who continues to praise Kobler, the responsibility they carry of any bloodshed at Liberty. We must initiate a serious campaign to accept the residents of the Camp to the countries of the European Union or demand the Iraqi government to return all the residents to Camp Ashraf.

If not so, the diplomatic relations between Iraq and the European Union should be reduced.

Second, I have a message for my friends in Camps Ashraf and Liberty. You are right to refuse to go to the seemingly useless cycle of interviews for limited individual relocation. Your minimum rights have not been respected by Iraq and United Nations. They all seem to remember these after an attack.

All the facts are indicating that the days of the Iranian regime are numbered and I have all the reasons to believe that your organization under the leadership of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi is the regime’s biggest frustration. Your resistance is a strong symbol of hope for the Iranian people and for all of us.

In today’s world, women and men like you who have dedicated their lives to their beliefs are very rare. Mrs. President, I congratulate you and your movement for such men and women and what you have achieved so far and the democratic future that we are all hoping for. In this path, Mrs. President, our support and our full commitment will never end.

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