Iranian parliament speaker cancels speech to Council of Europe

October 4, 2007 14:29

Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel canceled a planned speech to the Council of Europe on Thursday, protesting the fact that members of an opposition Iranian movement had been invited to address the human rights watchdog earlier this week, an official said. Maryam Rajavi, head of The National Council of Resistance - the Paris-based political wing of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran - spoke Monday to parliamentarians from the Council's 47-member states. A group of parliamentarians from all major political groups in the assembly had protested Haddad Adel's visit, calling on fellow lawmakers to leave the building if he spoke. They said a speech by a high-ranking representative of Iran to a human rights body was unacceptable, as the country supports the eradication of Israel, denies the Holocaust and is a threat to world peace because it tries to obtain a military nuclear capacity.

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