Oslo: Call for a Firm Policy on Tehran and Immediate Action to Protect Iranian Exiles in Iraq
OSLO, February 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –
In two days of conferences in Oslo, Norway, members of the Iranian Diaspora from all
the Nordic countries and international dignitaries discussed subjects of interest to them
and the world community: Iran’s nuclear ambitions, President Hassan Rouhani’s human rights
record, Iran’s meddling in Syria, the status of Iranian refugees in Iraq.
Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI),
who resides in Paris and was in Oslo upon the invitation of Norwegian parliamentarians,
was the keynote speaker of the two events.
Rajavi maintained that Tehran retreated one step from its efforts to attain nuclear
weapons only because of social and international pressure. She emphasized that only
through a decisive policy by the international community, including tougher sanctions,
implementing Security Council resolutions and the additional Protocol, snap inspections
and shutting down all of the regime’s nuclear sites could one prevent the terrorists
ruling Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
While addressing the immediate threats to Camp Liberty, Iraq, Mrs. Rajavi called for
immediate action to ensure the protection and security of the residents, who are protected
persons under the Geneva Conventions. This said was indispensable to avert the occurrence
of humanitarian catastrophe.
Nearly 3,000 members of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran
(PMOI/MEK) reside in Camp Liberty. They are in constant fear of more attacks by the
government of Nouri al-Maliki acting at the behest of Tehran.
The conferences came on the heels of the interim nuclear agreement of the P5+1 with
the Iranian regime, and as the clock is ticking on talks by the same parties to achieve a
comprehensive agreement on the regime’s nuclear weapons program in 2014; a serious concern
for the international community. The issue of Iran and policy vis-a vis the regime has
evolved into a focal and immediate issue for the international community.
The meetings also came in the wake of a United Nations report that at least 80 people
and perhaps as many as 95 have been executed in Iran already this year, a surge in the use
of the death penalty that has dampened hopes for human rights reforms under President
Speakers at the Monday Oslo conference that was held in the prestigious Nobel
Institute, included former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Edward
Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy; Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former Prime
Minister of Norway, Geir Haarde, former prime minister of Iceland; Norwegian politicians
from various political parties; and Kimmo Sasi, senior member of Parliament from Finland.
The Tuesday event was the first convention of Iranian communities in the Nordic
Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York and the former Presidential candidate, was
among the dignitaries who addressed the convention.
In addition to delegates from Iranian communities of the Nordic countries, Christian
Norheim, Norwegian lawmaker, and Juku-Kalle Raid, member of parliament from Estonia were
some other speakers.
SOURCE Iran News Update