General Hugh Shelton, EX U S Joint Chiefs of Staff on Camp Ashraf Paris 20 Jan 2012
General Hugh Shelton, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001) speaks at an international conference held in Paris on 20 January 2012.
In an international conference held in Paris on Friday, January 20, at the invitation of the CFID (French Committee for Democracy and Human Rights in Iran), distinguished American and European dignitaries warned of the compulsory transfer of Ashraf residents to Camp Liberty that the Iraqi government is turning into a prison. While the conference censured Iraq for the continuous breach of its obligations to the United Nations and the United States, including violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), it expressed its concern of Iranian regime's conspiracies to defeat the peaceful resolution to the Ashraf crisis. The conference called on the UN, U.S., and the EU to adopt urgent action to break the Iraqi-shaped deadlock and revitalize the peaceful solution. Speakers denounced maintenance of the illegal terrorist tag on the PMOI/MEK by the U.S. State Department iterating that this unjust label that faces a broad opposition in U.S. and worldwide, is the principal element in the massacre of Ashraf residents and the main obstacle to residents' relocation to third countries which makes the U.S. all the more responsible for the situation in Ashraf.
Speakers at the press conference include: Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance; Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York and presidency candidate (2008); General Hugh Shelton, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001); Judge Michael Mukasey, former US Attorney General (2007-2009); Ingrid Betancourt, Columbian presidential candidate; Porter Goss, Director of CIA (2003-2006); Yves Bonne, former head of the French Counter-terrorism Agency; John Sano, Former CIA National Clandestine Service's Deputy Director ; Gen. David Phillips, Commander of U.S. Military Police (2008-2011); Philippe Douste-Blazy, the UN Deputy Secretary General and former French Foreign Minister; Geir Haarde, Iceland Prime Minister (2006-2009); Aiham Samarrae, a former Iraqi cabinet minister; Carlo Ciccioli, member of Italian parliament; Lord Ken Maginnis, member of UK House of Lords; André Glucksmann, a member of New France Philosophers. The conference was opened by Francois Colcombe, a judge and former member of the French Parliament, and presided over by William Bourdon, prominent French jurist.