The mullahs' regime, whose main preoccupation is to control the stricken areas and prevent any leakage of news outside, first tried to play down the dimensions of the casualties and damages. However, up until the release of this statement, the official figures announced were more than 200 killed and another 1,000 wounded.
Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance, extended his condolences on this regretful incident to all the people of Iran and especially the afflicted people of Ardebil. He wished patience and strength for the bereaved families of the victims.
The NCR President urged every one, especially those residing in Ardebil's nearby regions to rush to the aid of the victims of the earthquake and the villagers who have lost their home and property in the cold of winter.
Due to deprivation of the minimum resources, Iranian cities and villages have become doubly vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquake.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
March 1, 1997