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Iraq: France strongly condemns the violence in the refugee Camp of Ashraf on 1 September (September 2, 2013)

France strongly condemns the violence in Camp Ashraf on 1 September. It extends its condolences to the victims’ families and close friends.

Violence against civilians, particularly refugees, is unacceptable.

France recalls that it is the Iraqi authorities’ responsibility to ensure the security of the refugee camps, including Camps Ashraf and Hurriya, and provide the necessary medical assistance to the injured. It would like the Iraqi government to launch an independent, in-depth report enabling full light to be shed on the violence and enabling its perpetrators to be prosecuted.

France reaffirms its support for the action of the High Commissioner for Refugees and the efforts of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). It welcomes their determination to find a peaceful and lasting solution to the situation in Camp Ashraf, and reiterates its commitment to the implementation, under the best conditions, of the memorandum of understanding signed by UNAMI and Iraq in December 2011



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