EU assembly calls for end to Iran group blacklist

The European Parliament has asked France to make sure an Iranian opposition group in exile is taken off the EU's terrorist list in line with a recent court ruling. In a December 15 letter made public Wednesday, a senior assembly official told French President Nicolas Sarkozy that keeping the People's Mujahedeen of Iran on the list was illegal, unfair and counterproductive. France now holds the EU presidency. European Parliament Vice president Alejo Vidal-Quadras cited a Dec. 4 ruling by the European Court of Justice that EU governments have not provided sufficient proof to blacklist the group.