115 Italian senators declare support for Iranian Resistance and Maryam Rajavi
- Mullahs' new president changed nothing in repression and export of terrorism

115 members of the Italian Senate signed a declaration in support of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the Iranian Resistance's President-elect, joining the 326-member majority of that country's parliament. The senators called for a decisive policy against Tehran's fundamentalist regime.

Senators Giovanni Russo Spena and Giuseppe Locurzio made this initiative public in a letter to Mr. Romano Prodi, Prime Minister of Italy. They wrote in part: "The consensus among the senators and the majority of representatives from all parliamentary groups on this statement clearly reflects the general inclination of the people of Italy towards the adoption of a decisive policy on Iran and support for the Iranian people's just Resistance. They are also inclined to reopen the case of Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Italy who was assassinated in March 1993 on our country's soil by terrorists dispatched by the mullahs."

The statement by Italian senators emphasizes on the role of "political leadership" of the mullahs' regime in terrorism and assassination of Iranian dissidents abroad. It also points to the violation of human rights in Iran, widespread arrests, trampled rights of the Iranian women and religious minorities.

The Italian senators declared, "Support for Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance, who as a symbol of national unity is backed by the majority of the Iranian people, will contribute to the establishment of democracy in Iran and peace and stability in the region. This Resistance and its 570-member parliament, which have committed themselves to holding free elections and the creation of a secular and pluralist government, offer the best answer to the ominous specter of fundamentalism as the new global threat."

In their letter to Mr. Prodi, senators Spena and Locurzio underlined the fact that since the mullahs' new president has taken office, nothing has changed in the mullahs' policy of domestic repression and export of terrorism and fundamentalism. This regime is basically continuing the policies of the previous government.

Members of the Italian senate added: "We are convinced that in line with our national interests, Italy has sufficient logical, moral and political reasons and motives to establish stronger bonds of strategic friendship between the peoples of Italy and Iran and actively support the Iranian National Council of Resistance which is today represented by its President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi. We are confident that the unilateral continuation of diplomatic and trade ties with the mullahs' repressive and terrorist regime is not a matter of pride for Italy."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
October 28, 1997

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