Rajavi urges UN Secretary General not to take part in OIC summit in Tehran

In a telegram to Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, urged him to reject decisively the invitation by Iran's theocratic regime to take part in Tehran's Islamic Conference summit.

Mr. Rajavi wrote: "The terrorist, religious dictatorship ruling Iran has recently been orchestrating a boisterous propaganda campaign concerning your planned visit to Tehran to participate in the Organization of Islamic Conference summit. Even before your arrival, the mullahs are already doing their best to capitalize on the legitimacy that your trip would offer them in order to overshadow their internal crises and the pervasive rule of repression."

The NCR President enumerated some of the clerical regime's atrocities in the four months since Khatami took office, including 65 executions in public, assassinations of 18 dissidents abroad, arrest of women for improper veiling, and bloody crackdown on major demonstrations in various cities. He further pointed out: "The Islamic Conference summit is convening in Tehran amid a raging power struggle at the highest levels of the clerical regime whose internal conflicts have reached the point of no return. In addition to political dissidents, repression has affected internal opponents and religious seminaries."

"Despite attempts by the regime to calm down the situation on the eve of the OIC summit in Tehran, these conflicts continue to grow every day. Based on reports from within the regime, officials in the National Security Council are extremely concerned about the protection and security of the guests," Mr. Rajavi added.

The NCR President drew Mr. Annan's attention to the resolution adopted last week by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee, condemning the violations of human rights and export of terrorism by the Iranian regime. He noted: "Under such circumstances, the criminal rulers of Iran need your trip to Tehran to acquire legitimacy and international standing. Moreover, the mere holding of the summit in Tehran and the participation of the leaders of Islamic countries only assist this regime in internal suppression, export of terrorism and interference in the affairs of foreign countries, especially in the Islamic world."

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 2, 1997

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