fourth Geneva Convention determines the duties and rights of occupying government in the occupied land. Following the handover of power at the end of June, US is no longer considered an occupying state
VOA has interviewed Saeed Mahmoodi, professor of International Law at the University of Stockholm, about the recent statement of US Command in Iraq.
"What is meant by Geneva Convention and what made US army- not Iraqi government- to clarify MKO's status?" he was asked.
Mr. Mahmoodi answered: "fourth Geneva Convention determines the duties and rights of occupying government in the occupied land. Following the handover of power at the end of June, US is no longer considered an occupying state. It's now in Iraq as an invited government. But studying the status of Mojahedin had started earlier and now its results are being announced. It's both strange and also contradicts Geneva Convention and anyway, shows how the US sees its position in Iraq."
In response to a question about repatriating Mojahedin to Iran, he said: "I believe the issue of their repatriation is negative until the US is in Iraq and until decisions of Iraqi government are coordinated with the US."
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