Ms. Beheshteh Shadrou, Representative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Britain, called for the cancellation of this trip because it would adversely effect human rights in Iran and encourage the export of terrorism by the mullahs.
She added: "In the view of the Iranian people, shaking hands with the leaders of a regime which in its final phase is engulfed in internal crises and faces a growing nationwide resistance movement, is totally unacceptable."
Ms. Shadrou reiterated: "Such contacts, similar to economic and political concessions to this regime, will not bring any change in the clerics' medieval practices. Ata'ollah Mohajerani, Khatami's government spokesman and Guidance Minister, stressed late last week that the fatwa to murder Rushdie cannot be revoked and will remain in force for ever.
The clerical regime, condemned in 42 United Nations resolutions for flagrant human rights violations and export of terrorism, will view such visits as a green light to continue its crimes against the Iranian people and its enmity to peace and tranquillity in the region.
Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Britain
May 21, 1998