The clerical regime has thus unilaterally eliminated from the agenda of EU-mullahs talks issues that cause the gravest concern on the part of the international community, especially terrorism, Middle East peace and human rights violations. This coincides with the forthcoming visit to Tehran by Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi, as the first official visit by the head of a Western government to the mullahs' regime. This proves once again that Western governments' policy of appeasement of the religious, terrorist dictatorship in Iran is counter-productive: it only emboldens the ruling mullahs to continue their brutal repression at home and export of terrorism abroad.
To provide any support for the criminal rulers of Iran in the last stage of their rule would only enrage the Iranian people. A principled policy on Iran must reject appeasement and present a firm stance vis-a-vis the theocratic tyranny ruling the country.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 29, 1998