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Letters to Ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft, Ambassador to Iraq, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, The Republic of Iraq - Camp Liberty Attacks

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U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, wrote the following letters to the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Robert Stephen Beecroft, and to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, condemning the recent terrorist attack of June 15, 2013, against the residents of Camp Hurriya, formerly known as Camp Liberty. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

"I'm deeply concerned about the atrocious June 15th attack against residents of Camp Hurriya which left two people dead and more than three dozen wounded. It is unacceptable that this is the third such attack since February, and still the Iraqi government has done nothing to stop these attacks and protect the residents of Camp Hurriya. Both the Iraqi government and the UN have done nothing to live up to their obligations to safeguard these residents. I once again call upon all parties to do what is necessary to first ensure the safety of the residents of Camp Hurriya and to immediately facilitate their return to Camp Ashraf where they can enjoy better living conditions and improved safety until they are relocated."

Below is the text of the letters:

June 17, 2013

The Honorable Robert Stephen Beecroft
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq
Embassy of the United States
Al-Kinki Street
International Zone
Baghdad, Iraq

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I'm writing to you to reiterate my deep concerns regarding the safety of the Camp Hurriya residents. I have previously written to you to express my concern for the well being of the former Ashraf residents, and to condemn the vicious attacks against its residents. I would once again respectfully request your assistance to facilitate the return of Ashraf residents at Camp Hurriya to Camp Ashraf for their own protection in preparation for their eventual resettlement.

The latest attack, the third such attack since February, left two more Hurriya residents dead and over three dozens wounded. It should be obvious by now that the residents of Camp Hurriya are not safe, but I am disappointed to see that little has been done to ensure their protection and safety. With the Iraqi government and the United Nations incapable or unwilling to properly secure these residents, they should be allowed to relocate back to Camp Ashraf where they have more protection, a better infrastructure and safer facilities.

As I noted in my previous letter, these residents were guaranteed their safety by both the UN and the Iraqi government in the Memo of Understanding (MoU) of December 25, 2011. The Iraqi government committed itself to providing the safety and security of the Ashraf residents at Camp Hurriya but, to date it has not lived up to its obligations. I urge you to call on the Government of Iraq to assist the Hurriya residents and push for their return to Camp Ashraf. I would also request that you call upon the Iraqi government and the UN to honor their obligations under the MoU and ensure the safety and security of the Hurriya residents.

Sincerely,

ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN
Chairman
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

June 17, 2013

The Honorable Nouri al-Maliki
Prime Minister
The Republic of Iraq

Dear Prime Minister al-Maliki,

I am writing to you to condemn the most recent terrorist attack of June 15, 2013, against the residents of Camp Hurriya, formerly known as Camp Liberty. I have previously written two letters following similar attacks on February 9, 2013, and April 29, 2013, and am deeply concerned to see that little has been done to remedy the situation, with the most recent attack claiming the lives of two persons and wounding more than two dozen. These attacks also raised concerns over the poor safety and living conditions at Camp Hurriya. Unfortunately, since the last attacks, there has been no action by the Iraqi government nor the UN to facilitate the safe return of Hurriya residents to Camp Ashraf, as the grave and deteriorating situation on the ground continues to risk innocent lives.

According to reports, these defenseless residents of Camp Hurriya were hit by dozens of rockets. As addressed in my previous letters, these residents were guaranteed tehir safety by both the UN and the Iraqi government in the Memo of Understanding (MoU) of December 25, 2011. The Iraqi government committed itself to providing the safety and security of the Ashraf residents at Camp Hurriya but, to date it has not lived up to its obligations.

Again, I respectfully request that the Iraqi government assist the Camp Hurriya residents to safely and quickly return to Camp Ashraf, which is equipped with a better infrastructure and safer facilities that can sustain future attacks and improve the livelihood of Ashraf residents. I also call on the Iraqi government to immediately investigate this vicious attack and to use all measures to prevent any further attacks on these defenseless residents until it can ensure the safety that these residents were clearly guaranteed in the MoU of 2011.

Sincerely,

ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN
Chairman
Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa


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