Baghdad, 18 August 2012 -- The United Nations welcomes the announcement that the residents of Camp Ashraf (Camp New Iraq) will start preparations for the next convoy to Camp Hurriya.

    "I welcome the announcement that the next group of 400 residents are willing to commence the move from Camp Ashraf to Camp Hurriya immediately after the Eid holiday," the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Martin Kobler, said. 

    In a separate development, there has been continuous progress in the work to further improve the living conditions in Camp Hurriya.

     "I request the Government of Iraq to be generous with regard to the humanitarian needs of the residents," Mr. Kobler said. "I also reiterate my appeal to Member States to accept the residents for resettlement in their countries."

     The United Nations continues to support a peaceful solution to the issue of Camp Ashraf, continues to monitor the relocation process, and provides 24/7 monitoring in Camp Hurriya.  The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has been working hard to examine the residents' individual claims and to seek durable solutions.

     The United Nations calls upon the remaining residents of Camp Ashraf to also start preparations for additional convoys to Campy Hurriya, in order to peacefully complete the relocation process.

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