Iranian Resistance calls for cancellation of troika trip to Tehran

On the eve of a troika delegation's trip to Tehran, the National Council of Resistance of Iran recalled the futility of previous trips to Iran by European missions, calling for the cancellation of this trip which "not only encourages the regime to continue to violate human rights and export terrorism, but also runs counter to the supreme interests of the Iranian people."

In separate letters to foreign ministers of Austria, Great Britain and Germany, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCR's Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed that "the ruling mullahs will only take advantage of such trips to legitimize their continuing suppressive and terrorist policies."

He added: "A glance at Mohammad Khatami's one-year record as the clerical regime's President -- at least 240 public executions, assassination of 27 Iranian dissidents abroad, continuing medieval punishments, such as stoning, inhumane discrimination and brutal suppression of women as well as insistence on the irrevocable nature of the fatwa to murder Salman Rushdie -- confirm that the mullahs' absolute dictatorship cannot reform itself."

Mohaddessin referred to tens of thousands of Iranians attending the Iran-United States football match in Lyon, France on June 21, who chanted in unison "down with Khamenei, down with Khatami, hail to Rajavi" and demanded the overthrow of the mullahs' anti-human regime. He said: "Doubtless, the unanimity among Iranians at Gerland Stadium was representative of the Iranian people at large: the wish to topple the clerical regime and support the Iranian Resistance and its President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi."

NCR's Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman added: "The mullahs' days are numbered as developments inside the country are reminiscent of the shah's last few months in power. No amount of flexibility toward, and concessions to, the ruling theocracy can forestall its inevitable overthrow at the hands of the Iranian people and Resistance."

A principled policy toward the Iranian regime requires rejecting any form of appeasement, exercising decisiveness vis-a-vis the ruling religious, terrorist dictatorship and recognizing the right of the Iranian people to resist against this medieval regime," he concluded.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
July 16, 1998

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