Rajavi challenged mullahs' regime to prove its claims in an international tribunal under the auspices of the United Nations.

In a letter to the United Nations Secretary General yesterday in response to the clerical regime's false claims that the operations of the just Resistance of the Iranian people "originate from Iraqi territory" and that "this is a serious violation of the cease-fire agreement between the two countries," Mr. Massoud Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, challenged the Iranian regime to prove its charge in an international tribunal under the auspices of the United Nations. He asked Mr. Kofi Annan to distribute the letter among member states' delegations at the United Nations headquarters.

The NCR President added: It is quite understandable that a regime, condemned 42 times by different United Nations organs for flagrant human rights abuses in Iran, including 120,000 political executions and export of terrorism beyond Iran's border, would try its utmost to attribute the origins of the Iranian people's just Resistance, not to the Iranian people and not as a righteous and inevitable reaction to its own atrocities, but to outside Iran and foreign governments.

Recalling the mullahs' threadbare practice of attributing the Resistance movement and its operations to the United States, Iraq, the Soviet Union, Israel, and recently Afghanistan, he said the Iranian regime has now focused its propaganda against Iraq.

The NCR President warned that the mullahs' claim is intended precisely to prepare the grounds for military attacks on the bases of the National Liberation Army of Iran. In April 1992, the clerical regime justified an air raid by 13 fighter-bombers on an NLA base by claiming that the Mojahedin had crossed the frontier to attack border villages. At the time, UN observers visited the area and recognized the false nature of the mullahs' claims.

Mr. Rajavi said: The Iranian regime has conducted 65 military strikes and terrorist assaults on the bases, centers and members of the Mojahedin on Iraqi soil in the past five years. They include four air raids, the launching of three proscribed Scud-B missiles, two attacks by 320 mm supermortars and many more mortar, rocket and terrorist assaults. As a result of a bomb they detonated in Baghdad on August 7, a four-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 65-year-old man - all Iraqi civilians - were killed. Eleven more were wounded.

Pointing to the martyrdom of Mojahed Ali Akbar Akbari under torture and the arrest of a number of people after the bringing to justice of the "Butcher of Evin," Assadollah Lajevardi, in Tehran's Grand Bazaar on August 23, Mr. Rajavi urged the UN Secretary General to spare no effort to save the lives of the detainees and to pressure the mullahs to give them an open trial in the presence of a jury and international journalists and lawyers as well as a representative of the Mojahedin.

The henchmen in the mullahs' Ministry of Intelligence must not be allowed to get away with their usual practice of covering up their atrocities, such as the mutilation and murder of detainees, by churning out false reports and lies, the NCR President said. He added that the UN Security Council's deterrent warnings to the mullahs' regime against making preparations to launch air and ground attacks on the Iranian Resistance's bases in the Iran-Iraq border region would be most necessary and urgently-required.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 2, 1998

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