TEHRAN, 20 Mar. (IPS) In the strongest ever criticise of the bellicose policies of the fundamentalist President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, the Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) expressed “serious concern” about the future of the nation and suggest “dialogue with all the influential members of the United Nations Security Council, particularly with America”.
In a long statement issued on the occasion of the Iranian New Year that starts from today 20 March 2006, the IIPF, Iran’s largest and most popular political formation said the policies of the “unified political leadership” has led to a “serious and uniformed” confrontation in the world against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
“We are concerned and afraid. We think that the danger is so serious that one can not overcome it with propaganda..."
“We are concerned and afraid. We think that the danger is so serious that one can not overcome it with propaganda and the use of nationalist strings or people’s pure patriotic sentiments” said the Front, which is led by Dr Mohammad Reza Khatami, the younger brother of the former moderate and reform-seeking president.
Holding the majority in the last Majles, or Iranian Parliament, the IIPF became a minority in the present House after most of the people it presented to the Legislative elections were rejected by the conservatives-controlled Guardians of the Constitution, a 12-members Council that vets all candidates to all elections in Iran.
“In a world based on the wrong and unjust principle of the one that is the most powerful, strongest and most influential has also more rights, adopting policies of confrontation with such a world and policies of belligerence would benefit more the powerful, endangering the independence and territorial integrity of the innocent people”, the statement stressed.
Observing that “because of its dual use”, the nuclear technology “creates obviously international concern” and warning against adopting policies of confrontation with international community, “a policy that has “brought together east and west’s interests”, the IIPF says the changes in the former policy of détente replaced by more confrontationist attitude by the new government has led to an international stand against the Islamic Republic.
“The first and outmost duty of a government is to look after the interests of the people and to safeguard the integrity of the nation, not to adopt policies and strategies that have proved wrong and misplaced”, the statement pointed out, suggesting the present Government to “change belligerent attitude with one of détente and peace”.
The first and outmost duty of a government is to look after the interests of the people and to safeguard the integrity of the nation
“Since the outcome of the present policy is known in advance, the best way to get out and to restore confidence is to open dialogue with all the influential members of the United Nations Security Council, and above all the United States”, the IIPF said in conclusion, suggesting that scheduled talks with Washington over Iraq should be an occasion to also include other subjects of contention between the two countries”.
This is in reference to both the referral of the Iranian nuclear issue by the International Atomic Energy Agency to the United Nations Security Council in the one hand and on the other, to Tehran’s decision to talks directly with the United States over the Iraqi crisis, a meeting proposed by the American ambassador to Iraq and backed by the Supreme Assembly of Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SAIRI), A Shi’a party that has the majority in the Iraqi Parliament. ENDS IRAN NUCLEAR IIPF 20306