Tehran, Nov 21, IRNA - British Ambassador to
Tehran, Geoffrey Adams, along with members and the chairman of foreign affairs
committee of the House of Commons have met and talked with several families of
victims of terrorism at Edalat (justice) Society in order to become familiar
with terrorist nature and deeds of Mojahedin-e Khalq Organisation (MKO).
The British parliamentarians visited Iran recently on the invitation of the
Iranian parliament (Majlis).
Ms Sepehri, a member of the society whose father (a 45-year-old tailor) was
martyred by the MKO's terror teams in 1984, while referring to the memoirs from
his father, said that the MKO has assassinated over 12000 individuals in Iran
besides cooperating with Saddam Hussein in killings of many Kurds and Shiite
Moslems in Iraq.
Mr Mike Gapes, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the House
of Commons who was present in the meeting said, "MKO are quite known to us; we
do know them through the Amnesty International and the Human Rights Commission
of the United Nations."
Then Ms Sobhani whose father (a 46-year-old shopkeeper) was martyred by the
MKO's terror teams in 1982 said: "Utilizing terror is not a tactic or a strategy
for the MKO. It is part of their ideology and that is why they could never give
in using violence; and this is an important and crucial point for those foreign
supporters of the MKO who are aiming to use them as a tool.
"The leaders of this organisation are not trustworthy even for their
The visit of the UK parliamentarians to Tehran and their meeting with the
society of the families of victims of terrorism took place while the MKO is
claiming that they are enjoying the support of UK peers.
The MKO is currently in the list of designated terrorist groups in the UK,
and the FCO has warned the statesmen not to have any contact with the members of
During the one-hour meeting, Ms Sepehri addressed the members of the
delegation and said, "Those who have sold their nation and their country to the
aliens could never claim to be the advocate of the interests of the other
nations and countries. This is a historic lesson that tells us one should avoid
those opportunist groups who are terrorists and easily change color and tell
The chairman of the UK delegation, Mike Gapes, said after receiving some
documents indicating the violation of human rights and terror by the MKO, "This
documentation and other reports published by the international bodies about the
MKO show that there is no doubt about their violent backgrounds. We are victims
of terrorism too and the British people are also severely suffering from this
phenomenon." Some documentation about the terrorist activities of the MKO was
handed over by the Edalat Society to the UK delegation.
Finally, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the House of
Commons emphasised, "We have issued a joint statement between the governments of
France, Germany, and the UK with the Islamic Republic of Iran in Paris. In this
statement we reached an agreement that one article of it indicates that three
European countries and Iran are decisively willing to tackle against terrorism
and they are determined to do so. These groups include Al-Qaeda and other
terrorist groups such as the MKO."
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