Source: AFP – Translated from French
Stop Fundamentalism, Paris – President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is Iran’s opposition in exile, called on France and the European Union Wednesday to “recognize” the “Iranian Resistance” for a regime change in Iran, similar to what has transpired with Syria.
“The biggest political mistake made by the west is to ignore the key Iranian movement for change,” said Maryam Rajavi at the French National Assembly, “This is a deeply rooted resistance in Iran with a democratic coalition of various opposition groups in which 50% of members are women.”
“International sanctions are positive steps,” Rajavi agreed, “but they will only be effective when the west changes its policy toward the resistance.” She stressed that, “the only way to solve Iranian crisis is a regime change at the hands of the Iranian people and their resistance.”
“The government of France has spearheaded the move to recognize the Syrian Resistance, it should take the initiative to advance a new policy with regards to Iran in the European Union,” said Rajavi calling on France and the European Union to “recognize the Iranian Resistance for regime change in Iran.”
Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, enjoyed the support of about ten French Parliamentarians from all groups who have signed a petition calling for the “recognition of the Iranian Resistance to establish democracy in Iran.”
Rajavi condemned Tehran’s policies of “waging war in Middle East” through its support for Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, providing weapons to Hamas in Ghaza and the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and continuing of its nuclear program.
Nevertheless, Rajavi said, “the most horrifying war the mullahs have waged is the one against the Iranian people.” “Over one hundred people were executed in November,” She highlighted. She reminded those present that the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on November 27 condemning continuous violations of human rights in Iran.
Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK/PMOI) are the main part of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. The organization was formed in 1965 to overthrow the Shah’s regime. When the Islamic regime was instigated, during the 1980s, the organization was driven from Iran and went to exile.
Following Britain in 2008 and the European Union in 2009, the United States removed the Mujahedin-e Khalq from its list of designated foreign terrorist organizations late September.
AFP – France