At an international conference on September 1 in Paris on “First Anniversary of Ashraf massacre, Middle East in crisis, threats and solutions,” Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said Maliki’s fall is a strategic blow to the mullahs’ regime in Iran which comes through the resistance of Iraqi people.
Commemorating the first anniversary of September 1st massacre in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, Mrs. Rajavi and international figures who participated in the conference paid tribute to the 52 residents who were massacred by Iraqi Security Forces. “There are people whose lives are not a useless life but a fruitful and productive one. They never die away and are eternal.A year after the massacre of residents in Ashraf epic, their sacred blood is still percolating and paving the path forward,” Mrs. Rajavi said.
On the crisis in the Middle East, Mrs. Rajavi said that the terrorism engulfing the region is the result of inaction by the west in the face of tyrannical regimes especially Iran and its meddling in the affairs of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and other regional countries.
She emphasized that expansion of extremism and the growth of extremist terrorist groups in Iraq, first and foremost, is the result of Iranian regime’s dominion over Iraq as well as suppression by Maliki. “Offering a role to this regime in reining in the crisis will stir up a still greater catastrophe,” she added.
On the solution to Iraq’s crisis, Mrs. Rajavi stated: “Resolving Iraq crisis is impossible without uprooting the Iranian regime and its terrorist groupings from Iraq. Confronting ISIS is absolutely necessary; it would prove wasted unless it is accompanied by evicting Iranian regime from Iraq.
Speaking on the nuclear negotiations, Mrs. Rajavi said: “Through regional crisis mullahs are looking to delay signing the final nuclear agreement or to extract concessions that would leave open the path to the atomic bomb. Any agreement that does not include the complete implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions, a total halt to enrichment, and allowing snap inspections will leave the path open for the regime to obtain the nuclear bomb.”
A number of international figures and prominent personalities from the United States, Europe and the Middle participated in the conference including General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Army Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001); Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security; Edward Rendell, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Governor of Pennsylvania; Michael Mukasey, Attorney General (2007-2009); Patrick Kennedy, member of House of Representatives (1995-2011); Tunne Kelam, Julie Ward and Judith Kirton-Darling MEPs; Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Haitham al-Maleh, Chairman of Judiciary Bureau of National Syrian Coalition; Hakim Nazir, Secretary of Political Bureau of National Syrian Coalition; Adrianus Melkert, Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Iraq (2009-2011); Rama Yade, former French Minister for Human Rights and Vice President of Radical Party; Dominique Lefebvre, member of French National Assembly; Jean-Francois Legaret, Mayor of Paris 1st District; Yves Bonnet, former Head of DST; Jean-Pierre Brard, former Senator; Judge Francois Colcombet, joint Chief of French Committee for a Democratic Iran; Cynthia Fleury, neo-philosopher.