Following return of EU envoys to Tehran, Rajavi said investment in mullahs is doomed to failure

Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, described the return to Tehran of European Union ambassadors as emboldening the theocracy ruling Iran to continue its suppression, export of terrorism and enmity to peace.

He added: The decision comes despite the fact that two weeks ago, 2,000 MPs, including majorities in the parliaments of Italy, Britain and Luxembourg, condemned the mullahs' crimes and called on their respective governments to sever or limit diplomatic and trade relations with this regime and exert pressure on the clerics to end repression and export of terrorism, and rescind the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

Mr. Rajavi noted: The futile five-year-experience of engaging in critical dialogue with the mullahs has confirmed, as stressed in the statement by 250 members of the European Parliament, that "trade and economic stands of the West have effectively supported this terrorist regime." They have not brought any change in the conduct of the regime either, he said.

Giving in to the conditions of the most brutal dictatorship in modern history which in the three months since Mohammad Khatami has taken office, has either stoned to death or hanged in public 55 persons at home and murdered 14 opponents abroad, is not a cause for honor to anyone.

The NCR President emphasized: The unprecedented escalation of the internal power struggle, the rise in popular protests and uprisings nationwide, and the dramatic increase in the Resistance's operations inside Iran have brought closer the prospects for the mullahs' overthrow. In this light, the EU decision runs counter to the highest interests of the Iranian people and any investment in this regime is doomed to failure.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
November 14, 1997

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