The following statement was issued by the President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran and is being forwarded for your information.

Iranian Resistance expresses regret at remarks by the Foreign Minister of France expressing inclination for "dialogue" with criminal mullahs ruling Iran

The Iranian Resistance expresses profound regret at the remarks by the Foreign Minister of France expressing inclination for dialogue with the criminal mullahs ruling Iran. (Reuters, Agence France Presse, April 19, 1997).

To defend the continuation of "a dialogue which would be mutually positive" barely ten days after the Berlin Court issued a clear verdict identifying Khamenei, Rafsanjani, Velayati and other leaders of the religious, terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran as those behind the assassination of Iranian dissidents abroad, will only sacrifice internationally recognized principles for the sake of economic interests, and runs counter to the highest interests of the people of Iran.

Iran's ruling mullahs have been condemned forty times in the various bodies in the United Nations for their blatant violations of human rights, repression and terrorism. The mullahs' regime enjoys no legitimacy whatsoever among the people of Iran.

In light of the fact that some European countries have reopened the dossiers on the assassinations carried out by the mullahs' regime on their soil, the government of France, rather than calling for "dialogue" with the mullahs, must regard itself account able for the return of two of the murderers of Prof. Kazem Rajavi to Tehran in December 1993. It must adopt the necessary measures for the return and extradition of these terrorists to Switzerland. Helping the murderers of my brother escape justice is a b latant violation of international laws and was officially condemned by France's Council of State.

Massoud Rajavi
National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 20, 1997

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