18 March 2013

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Welcomes Albania’s Humanitarian Offer to Former Camp Ashraf


Residents Awaiting Safe Relocation outside Iraq


The following was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation of the former residents of Camp Ashraf who are presently waiting for relocation from Camp Hurriya, Iraq.  He welcomes the Government of Albania’s decision to offer humanitarian admission to 210 residents of Camp Hurriya.  He expects and urges the residents topositively respond to Albania’s offer and to cooperate with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to relocate in the coming days.

The Secretary-General urges other Member States to follow suit and to offer residents a safe relocation outside Iraq, in light of their need for international protection.

The Secretary-General underscores the responsibility which has been assumed by the Government of Iraq to ensure the safety and security of residents of both Camp Hurriyaand Camp Ashraf and prevent any incidents.

The Secretary-General believes it is important to continue moving the relocation process forward.  This is the best hope for a peaceful and humanitarian resolution to this issue.  It offers the former residents of Camp Ashraf a more hopeful and secure future outside Iraq.

The Secretary-General unequivocally supports the efforts of his Special Representative to courageously and creatively, in exceptionally difficult circumstances, help resolve this situation.

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