Prodi's call to continue critical dialogue is against Iranian people's interests

The call yesterday by the Italian Prime Minister to continue critical dialogue with the mullahs' religious, terrorist dictatorship contradicts the April 29 decisions of the European Union and the National Council of Resistance believes it to be against the highest interests of the people of Iran.

Mr. Prodi's remarks also run counter to the general consensus of the people of Italy and come only two weeks after the majority of the representatives in the Italian Parliament wrote to the Prime Minister, urging him to adopt a firm policy towards the Khomeini regime and declare support for the Iranian Resistance and its President-elect.

The Italian deputies in their declaration described critical dialogue as a "failure and an unacceptable policy, ... the continuation of which invites the mullahs to continue suppression and export terrorism" and therefore "must be abandoned all together."

Iran's ruling mullahs have been condemned forty times in the various bodies in the United Nations for their blatant violations of human rights and export of terrorism. It therefore merits that the government of Italy, rather than calling for "dialogue" with the mullahs, reopen the murder case of Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, the NCR's representative in Italy, and place the arrest and prosecution of his assassins on the agenda. This is particularly important since the verdict of a federal court in Germany and the statement of a Swiss magistrate do not leave any doubts as to the direct responsibility of the leaders of the Iranian regime in the assassination of opponents outside Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
July 17, 1997

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