Iran opposition head rejects US plan for Iraq camp

July 6, 2011 19:57

ROME - The leader of an exiled Iranian opposition group rejected a US proposal to move the residents of a dissident camp in Iraq to a new location following deadly clashes in April, saying the plan would lead to a "massacre."

The settlement known as Camp Ashraf, some 65 km (40 miles) from Baghdad, is the base of the People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran, or PMOI, an Iranian opposition group that Washington officially considers a terrorist group.

In April, the camp was the scene of clashes between residents and Iraqi security forces, during which 34 people were killed, according to a UN investigation.

"In order to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations must step in," PMOI leader Maryam Rajavi told Reuters in an interview late on Tuesday.

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