1 September 2013

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

Secretary-General Deplores Deaths at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, Urging Investigation

The following statement was issued on 1 September by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General deplores the tragic events in Camp Ashraf today that have reportedly left 47 killed.  He expresses his sorrow and extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

The Secretary-General reiterates his full support for and his absolute confidence in the relentless work of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).  He appeals for the urgent restoration of security in the camp, as it is the responsibility of the Government of Iraq to ensure the safety and security of the residents.  The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Iraq to promptly investigate the incident and disclose the findings.

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