US ex-Homeland Security official to advise U.N. on Iran dissidents in Iraq

By REUTERS
January 5, 2014 21:44

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named former Deputy US Secretary of Homeland Security Jane Holl Lute as his special adviser to help with the relocation of a group of Iranian dissidents in Iraq to new countries, the UN said on Sunday.

"Ms. Holl Lute will work with a wide range of stakeholders, in particular Member States, with a view to facilitating the relocation of residents of Camp Hurriya outside of Iraq," the UN press office said in a statement.

The appointment of Holl Lute, who was a senior UN official from 2003 to 2009, comes after a series of attacks on the dissident Mujahadin-e-Khalq (MEK) group in Iraq.

More than 50 people were killed at Camp Ashraf, the MEK's previous camp in Iraq, in September in an attack the United Nations described as "an atrocious crime" and which drew condemnation from the United States and Britain. Assailants took time to conduct execution-style killings and plant bombs.


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