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UK to press US over Iran's interests in detained MKO terrorists
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has pledged to continue to raise Iran's interests in the 3,800 members of the outlawed Mujahideen-e Khalq (MKO) terrorist group detained by the US at their Camp Ashraf training site in Iraq. "We have made proper representations in the past to the United States government and to the Iraqi provisional government and we will make those too to the Iraqi interim government," Straw told parliament on Tuesday. "I fully understand Iran's concern about the MKO, which I, when I was Home Secretary, declared to be a terrorist organization following the passage of the Terrorism Act 2000," he said. The foreign secretary was questioned by veteran Conservative MP Teddy Taylor whether he agreed that "Iran, which has suffered so much from brutal attacks from members of the MKO, should have a meaningful role in discussions on the future of its 3,800 members." "Would not such a step improve relations between Britain and Iran and confirm the US's declared opposition to international terrorism?" the former junior minister asked. His question came after Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell revealed earlier this month that arrangements for Camp Ashraf are being considered by the Iraqi interim government in conjunction with US authorities, who have sole responsibility for the detained MKO members. Rammell also confirmed to parliament at the end of last month that the MKO is a proscribed group under Britain's anti-terrorism law. "It professes to be campaigning for democracy in Iran. But its record of violence extends over several decades," he told MPs on June 28. The Foreign Office minister said that although the UK government had no independent confirmation of the number killed by the terrorist group, the MKO itself has "admitted to killing several thousands of people since the 1979 revolution in Iran." بریتانیا درباره مصالح ایران پیرامون تروریست های بازداشت شده مجاهدین به امریکا فشار می آورد لندن، 14 ژوئیه، ایرنا جک استرا، وزیر خارجه انگلستان، قول داد که به رسیدگی به مصالح ایران پیرامون 3800 عضو گروه تروریستی مجاهدین، که توسط امریکا در اردوگاه اشرف درعراق بازداشت شده اند، ادامه دهد. استرا در پارلمان گفت: "ما قبلا با دولت ایالات متحده و دولت موقت عراق بحث هایی داشته ایم و این بحث ها را به دولت انتقالی عراق نیز ارائه خواهیم کرد." "من کاملا نگرانی ایران درباره مجاهدین خلق، که وقتی وزیر کشور بودم پس از تصویب قانون تروریسم 2000 به عنوان سازمانی تروریستی اعلام شد، را درک می کنم." جک استرا از جانب عضو محافظه کار پارلمان، تدی تیلور، مورد سئوال قرار گرفته بود که "آیا با این موافق است که ایران، که از حملات وحشیانه مجاهدین آسیب های زیادی دیده، باید نقشی پرمعنی در بحث های پیرامون آینده 3800 عضو این سازمان داشته باشد یا خیر؟" استرا پرسید: "آیا این گام روابط بین بریتانیا و ایران را بهبود نمیبخشد و مخالفت اعلام شده ی امریکا با تروریسم بین المللی را تایید نمی نماید؟" این سئوال او پس از آن بیان می شود که بیل رامل، معاون وزیر خارجه، اوایل ماه جاری فاش کرد ترتیباتی درباره اردوگاه اشرف بین دولت انتقالی عراق و مقامات امریکایی، که به تنهایی مسئول اعضای بازداشت شده مجاهدین هستند، در جریان است." رامل همچنین در پایان ماه قبل در پارلمان تاکید کرد که مجاهدین خلق طبق قانون ضد تروریسم بریتانیا یک گروه ممنوعه است. وی در 28 ژوئن به اعضای پارلمان گفت: "این گروه ادعا می کند که برای دموکراسی در ایران مبارزه می کند، اما سابقه خشونت بار چند دهه ای دارد." معاون وزیر خارجه گفت گرچه دولت بریتانیا آمار دقیقی از تعداد کسانی که توسط این گروه تروریستی کشته شده اند ندارد، خود مجاهدین "به کشتن چندین هزار نفر از هنگام انقلاب 1979 در ایران اعتراف کرده اند."

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