Sunday, May 14, 2006

US Strategiists Help "Reformers" with a New Approach?

Farshad Gorbanpour Sheikhani, Rooz Online:
The members of “Majma-e Namayandegan-e Advar-e Majlis (included former reformist Parliament representatives) met a few days ago and decided on a new approach. According to Yadollah Eslami, the secretary general of the reformers group, they have decided to write to international organizations and personalities. And on top of the target list is none other than UN secretary general Kofi Annan.

The meeting was attended by such former officials as Mousavi Tabrizi, Meysam Saeedi, Ahmadi Shirzad, Behzad Nabavi, Hadi Ghafari, Ibrahim Amini, etc. The special guest was former president Mohammad Khatami who stayed for over two hours but delivered no talk. The subject of discussions during this meeting was nuclear and economic policies of the government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Dr Hassan Rowhani, the former chief of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and current advisor to ayatollah Khamenei, spoke of the nuclear issue. He said that all of Iran’s nuclear equipment had been bought during President Hashemi Rafsanjani’s presidency and during Khatami’s administration the pieces were put together and localized.

He recounted that in the beginning of 2005, “We were on the verge of concluding a political agreement with Europe, which was derailed because of subsequent events. Agreement was on four issues: completion of the installation of 3,000 centrifuges at Isfahan’s nuclear facility, to be followed with another 3,000 units later, and 64 units for the Natanz plant. Each phase required both sides to carry out specific tasks.”

Rohani concluded his remarks by saying, Now we have met a group of American strategists who can convince the American government of their views. They are the same strategists who succeeded in resolving the 1986 nuclear crises between the US and the Soviet Union.” READ MORE
Who is Rowhani talking about?