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Former Italian F.M. Giulio Maria Terzi: We must be proud to stand with those in Camp Liberty

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Former Italian F.M. Giulio Maria Terzi
Former Italian F.M. Giulio Maria Terzi
Giulio Maria Terzi, Foreign Minister of Italy (until 2013) in his speech at the Grand Gathering of the Iranian people said: "Madame Rajavi, distinguished guests, dear friends, let first of all welcome very warmly the Italian parliamentary delegation with me tonight, coming here represented by very close friends to all of you, and welcome in particular a very distinguished personality from the Italian Parliament and the European Parliament, the Honorable Marco Panella who is campaigning very strongly for a transition for bringing a transition towards the rule of law in countries which are like Iran suffering because of despotic and extremist regimes.
The message that this extraordinary gathering should be sending tonight must be one of the strongest support to mass organizations like the Iranian Resistance, like your organization, which advocated a tolerant, anti-fundamentalist and democratic vision of Islam, perfectly reflected in the 10-point plan contained in the program of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and especially in the Middle East peace and stability can succeed only if extremism and fundamentalism are defeated.
The forces of moderation, freedom and democracy should therefore be helped not only by western governments, but also by all democratic nations throughout the world, and by individuals who care for humane values and freedoms. The majority of states belonging to the Arab League have been supporting over the last four years the democratic transition in Syria, a political settlement in Yemen, and an inclusive system of government in Iraq. But all these efforts have failed mainly because of the expansionary and sectarian strategies of the Iranian theocracy. Since Khomeini’s revolution Iran has always has acted as the guardian of the Shiite community in Lebanon, in Bahrain, in Yemen, in Syria and in Iraq. The regime has established a strong network of Shiite militias, has established the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, the Badr Organization, the Asaeb Ahl al-Haq, Katayeb Hezbollah and the Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq. It has also befriended Sunni actors in order to reinforce its regional status and it has developed strong ties even with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
The war against the Islamic States, against Daesh, should not deflect our attention from Iran’s objective. Tehran’s power grab has assured the dominance of Shiite militias. It has reinforced dramatically the appeal of fundamentalist organizations like the Islamic State among Sunni regions. Prime Minister al-Abadi’s appointment was welcomed last year by western countries. He was welcomed as an inclusive leader capable of ending sectarian policies of Nouri al-Maliki, his predecessor. But the contrary has happened. The total contrary trend has happened." 
In another part of his speech to the 100,000 strong audience in Villepite, Paris, Mr. Terzi added: the Iranian regime President Rouhani stated that never, ever will we give up our support to Bashar al-Assad. Is this the responsible role in the region that many people in the West expect from the Iranian regime? Or the reward that the 5+1 negotiators wish for the nuclear deal? Tehran’s meddling in the region aims at compensating shortcomings at home. By exporting fundamentalism and terror under the banner of Islam, the mullahs want to preserve their power in Tehran. They want to overcome the regime’s weakness and inability to address domestic problems. Fundamentalism can only survive by being on the offensive.
However, more of the population, more of our Iranian friends, in particular the youth, more of the population is becoming restive and demands change. For the new generation of Iranians the state should be far less Islamic than its rulers want. The ambitions of the youth go in a different direction, not through making mischief or muscle flexing, but through higher education, ideas, hunger to be citizens of the world, this is the line that the Iranian youth want to take. More and more Iranian women are a force of social change. They look at the example given by Madame Rajavi and her marvelous commitment to democracy and social justice. And under these circumstances, a firm policy by Western powers, and particular the United States, the European Union and the Arab countries is needed to put an end to Iranian meddling in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. A clear policy is needed to remove Iran’s heavy interferences in Baghdad, to assure democratic transition in Damascus without Assad, to support Yemen’s stabilization by preventing Iranian proxies’ actions.
In order to succeed such a policy needs to be linked with the Iranian people. With their desire for change, symbolized by the Iranian Resistance and by the Mojahedin of Iran. Millions of Iranians inside the country and abroad praise the sacrifice of their heroes fallen in the quest for freedom. Those who have been killed and are still suffering in Camp Liberty should be remembered, and the situation in Camp Liberty must again be firmly denounced. We must be proud to stand with them."

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