Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The KRG and Ashraf

The KRG doesn't like being betrayed or tricked.  Which is why Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani cancelled his trip to DC.  Now new problems emerge.  Orlando Crowcroft (Guardian) reports:

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, will refuse to meet the US president, Barack Obama, until America removes the Kurdistan region's two main political parties from its terrorist blacklist, a senior official has said.
Falah Mustafa, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) department of foreign relations, told the US embassy in Irbil that until the classification of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) was changed, Barzani would not take up the invitation to visit Obama.

This issue was raised at least week's House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing when the members heard from the State Dept's Brett McGurk.

It's interesting because then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has nothing to object to with regards to the Kurds but she refused to help the Ashraf community and would fall back on the fact that the MEK (where the Ashraf community hail from) was on the terrorist list.

She would ignore the court order that she re-evaluate the listing.

But during all of this, Hillary had no problems with the KRG -- which was on the same list.

The KRG being on the list is surprising.  But it's also not.  The KRG has always been screwed over by the US government.

Since we're on the topic of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, they've issued a press release which includes:

Despite 164 days of follow up by representatives and lawyers of Camp Liberty residents, human rights defenders, and the families of the 52 martyrs of the Camp Ashraf massacre to receive the bodies of their loved ones, the Government of Iraq has in yet another inhumane and criminal act, clandestinely buried the victims' bodies.
Residents’ representatives had earlier acquired some information about this secret burial, and when asked questions about it, a representative of the Iraqi government confirmed the burial in a meeting with them on February 11, but gave no information about the time and place it took place.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, declared: “The clandestine burial of the bodies of the martyrs at an unspecified time and an undisclosed location in the absence of members of their families, as well as the absence and even knowledge of the UN representative who had officially received the bodies of the martyrs in Camp Ashraf on September 2, is to destroy the evidence and save the murderers from a trial and punishment for crime against humanity. This is stark proof of the Iraqi government’s complete responsibility for crime against humanity at Camp Ashraf. This inhumane act reminds us of the massacre of political prisoners by Khomeini’s Fatwa back in 1988, and their secret overnight burial in mass graves.

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