Rajavi says statement by 2,000 parliamentarians from 18 countries reflects international repugnance at compromise with Iran's ruling mullahs

In a message to the Iranian people, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said that statements by 2,000 parliamentarians from five continents in condemnation of the mullahs' regime and in support of the Iranian Resistance showed the world that there was a legitimate and viable alternative to the Tehran regime in the form of the NCR. It also showed that despite all the efforts to legitimize ties with the mullahs, the international public opinion profoundly detests all ties and deals with the ruling religious, terrorist dictatorship in Iran.

The statement was made public on October 29 in an international seminar in London attended by parliamentarians from the Middle East and seven European. A majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives (224 members), and Parliaments of Britain (332 members of the House of Commons), Italy (326), Switzerland (116), Norway (84), Luxembourg (43), San Marino (32), and 250 Euro-MPs, 119 British peers, 115 Italian senators, and a number of deputies from Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine endorsed the initiative. The parliamentarians condemned human rights violations by the mullahs and urged support for the Iranian Resistance and its President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

The NCR President added: The international solidarity of 2,000 members of parliament with the Iranian Resistance and comments by their representatives at the October 29 seminar in London and the letter to U.S. President Bill Clinton by a majority of the members of Congress on October 28 displayed their firm opposition to the inclusion of the People's Mojahedin Organization in the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations. In this way, the clerical regime's conspiracy failed miserably.

Mr. Rajavi praised the British parliamentarians for their opposition to the Home Office decision to deny entry visa to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and said: This is merely a hollow gesture to the criminal mullahs which will yield no result, particularly as the whole issue of visa is imaginary and the Resistance's President-elect had no intention and no plans to visit Britain, nor had she requested a visa.

Noting that the London seminar's resolution and the parliamentary statements generally demanded a revision of trade ties with Tehran's clerical regime, Mr. Rajavi stressed that the Iranian Resistance's 16-year call to boycott the Khomeini regime was receiving increasing support.

The NCR President noted: This Resistance has repeatedly declared its readiness to take part in free and fair presidential elections under the auspices of the United Nations. If the international community could offer the necessary guarantees, we will immediately lay down our arms, he said.

In the past 17 years, we have said time and again that the operations of the Mojahedin and the National Liberation Army of Iran have never aimed at civilians or non-military targets, Rajavi stressed. The Iranian Resistance has only carried out its activities inside Iran and against officials and agents of suppression, repression, torture and execution, he added.

Mr. Rajavi emphasized: Anyone or any organ anywhere around the world, including the U.S. State Department, which tags the Iranian Resistance and the Mojahedin as terrorist possesses no documents, proof or classified reports to prove this accusation. If the State Department does have any documents or evidence in this respect, we ask that they be made public immediately. Let's not forget that senior U.S. administration officials confirmed that these accusations and the inclusion of the Mojahedin in the aforesaid list had no reason other than "sending a signal" to Khatami and offering a "goodwill gesture' to the mullahs.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
November 4, 1997

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