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سخنگوي وزارت امورخارجه آمريكا: عليرغم انتخابات عميقا مخدوش، فشار براي اصلاحات و دمكراسي ادامه خواهد يافت


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Summary of Iran Stories in Today&apos;s BroadcastsBehnam NateghiMonday, February 23, 2004 <b>Rumsfeld Warns Iran and Syria against Helping Iraq Militants</b> • US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned Iran and Syria about militants crossing their borders into Iraq after meeting in Baghdad with Paul Bremer and US military commanders. (Leyli Sadr) <b>US Blasts “Deeply Flawed” Majles Elections</b> • “I think we made clear our concerns about an election that was shaping up to be deeply flawed in the run up to the elections and it turned out that way,” US State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said on Monday. “It was not an electoral process that met international standards and I think you&apos;ve seen other members of the international community say that,” he added, referring to a draft resolution of the EU foreign ministers which called the Majles elections “a setback for democracy.” “Our view is that the pressure for reform in Iran, the pressure for democracy in Iran is going to continue, notwithstanding the setback that&apos;s represented by the elections,” he said. “But we do continue to believe that the Iranian people deserve a government that responds to their aspirations and we believe that that desire on the part of the Iranian people will continue to be expressed in a variety of ways," he added. <b>Guardians Council and Interior Ministry Clash on Vote and Voter Count</b> • The Guardians Council accused the interior ministry of padding the number of eligible voters in order to make the voter turnout rate appear smaller. (Siavash Ardalan) • Responding to the Guardians Council&apos;s criticism, the interior ministry said its voter number was based on census bureau figures. (Mehdi Khalaji) • The interior ministry announced that 51 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the elections. The Tehran, where all 30 Majles seats were won by the conservatives, the turnout rate of 34 percent was the lowest in the country. The Supreme Leader&apos;s in-law Golamali Haddad-Adel received the highest number of votes, followed by former labor minister Ahmad Tavakoli and former wrestler Amir-Reza Khadem. (Mahmonir Rahimi) • The numbers of votes announced by five electoral districts Poledokhtar, Lardegan, Varazqan, Semirom and Mamasani were greater than the numbers of voters in those districts, the interior ministry said in is elections website. (Ali Sajjadi) <b>Conservatives Set to Takeover the Majles</b> • The return of the conservative majority to the Majles may enable the Islamic hard-liners to renew their bid to export the Islamic revolution, London Arabic daily <i>Ashargh-ol-Awsat</i> warned. (Farideh Rahbar) • The uncontested victory of the conservatives in the Friday elections could have a negative impact on the Iran-EU relations, according to German dailies <i>Der Standard</i>, <i>Kapital</i> and <i>Der Speigel</i>. (Parviz Farhang, Cologne) • The conservatives won Majles majority without a clear and unified economic plan. In fact, the conservative faction represents groups with diverse and often contradictory economic ideologies, which is expected to split the next Majles. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) • Diplomats said in Brussels on Monday that even if a UN IAEA report on Iran&apos;s nuclear compliance due this week was reassuring, the EU would proceed cautiously with Iran in the aftermath of the Majles elections. A draft statement agreed by diplomats of the EU&apos;s 25 current and future members for foreign ministers&apos; meeting later in the day said the electoral “interference” in Friday&apos;s Majles elections was a disappointment after a decade of progress towards political freedom. The mass disqualification of reformist candidates from standing in the elections made “a genuine democratic choice by Iranians impossible,” the draft said. • The results of the Majles elections, in which the conservatives took over the majority, would have no impact on EU&apos;s Iran policy, international relations professor at the Institute of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark, <b>Mehdi Mozaffari</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. If anything, the EU would be pleased to be dealing with a more coherent government in Iran, he adds. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne) • Germany&apos;s Christian Democrat and Christian Socialist parties condemned the Majles elections in separate statements. (Shahram Mirian, Cologne) • Speaking at a meeting of EU foreign ministers, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Monday that the Majles elections were “flawed.” (Shahram Mirian, Cologne) • “It is clear that (the Majles elections) have not taken place according to what we would perceive as international standards,” Diego de Ojeda, a spokesman for EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten, said. (Ali Sajjadi) • The takeover of the Majles by the conservatives, including members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, buried the reform movement of the past seven years, London daily the <i>Guardian</i> writes, adding, in another article, that Iran is gripped with the long lasting struggle between modernism and tradition. Instead of pressuring the Iranian leadership, the British government has followed a policy of conciliation, the London daily <i>Independent</i> charged. The Supreme Leader and his conservative faction could not tolerate dissent from within, when they felt challenged by the US presence on Iran&apos;s eastern and western borders, the <i>Christian Science Monitor</i> writes. (Baktash Khamsehpour) • The US helped the Islamic regime by eliminating its enemies, the Taleban and Saddam Hussein regimes, and the threatening shadow cast by the US is getting shorter as the US forces get mired in Iraq&apos;s problems, Paris daily <i>Le Figaro</i> writes. (Mir-Ali Hosseini, Paris) <b>Majles Postpones Vote on Budget Bill</b> • The Majles put off voting on the budget bill on Sunday, because due to the absence of many reformist MPs, it could not reach a quorum. The mass resignations of 130 reformist candidates have suspended vote on the budget bill for the fiscal year beginning on March 22, 2004. (Fereydoun Khavand, Paris) <b>”WomeninIran.com” Wins US International Award</b> • Activist Shadi Sadr&apos;s www.womeniniran.com won one of the top awards as in a competition in the US among websites dedicated to women&apos;s rights. The independent site has 70,000 unique visitors, and in the two years since its founding has been a unique source of news and information about Iranian women&apos;s struggle for equal rights and legal reforms. (Leyli Arman) <b>The Supreme Leader Hails Majles Elections as Healthy, Free and Fair: An Analysis</b> • In a statement on Monday, the Supreme Leader hailed the Majles elections as healthy, free and lawful. It is common in the Islamic Republic to announce the opposite of truth, when to save the pillars of the regime lying becomes a religious duty, Paris-based commentator and former Majles MP <Ahmad Salamatian</b> tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. To save the regime, even shedding the blood of innocent people could become a religious necessity, he adds. The Friday elections were as unhealthy as they were un-free, he says, 190 of 290 Majles seats were pre-determined after the mass disqualification of the reformist candidates. Many instances of vote rigging were mentioned by the interior ministry, but the biggest election fraud is that more than three quarters of the next Majles deputies will have been elected by only eight percent of the population, he says. One example, he adds, is Ms. Akhavan Bitaraf, who won one of Isfahan&apos;s seats last Friday with only 108,000 votes in a city with 1.28 million voters, whereas in the last elections, she lost by a big margin, even though she had received 10,000 more votes. Or, Mr. Haddad-Adel, who was the top vote-getter last Friday in Tehran, ranked 32nd last year with more votes. He got in the Majles only because Hashemi-Rafsanani, in the 31st place, dropped out after being moved up one notch by the Guardians Council&apos;s disqualification of reformist Alireza Rajai. (Amir Armin) <b>Protests in Isfahan against Islamic Savings & Loans Institutions</b> • After yesterday&apos;s riots outside three savings & loans institutions in Isfahan, all roads to the area have been blocked by the police and special forces have taken positions in the vicinity, an Isfahan resident tells <b>Radio Farda</b>. The depositors lined up to withdraw their deposits, another resident says. When the Al-e Taha Islamic saving and loan institution announced that it will return the deposits, people lined up outside its offices for days, some sleeping in the street for several nights, another resident says. Nobody was wounded in yesterday&apos;s riots, an eyewitness says, adding that people question the timing of the saving and loan institutions closing, which was a day after the Majles elections. (Amir-Mosaddegh Katouzian) <b>Reformist MPs Begin Resignation Process</b> • After hearing several reformist MPs blast the elections as unfair and rigged, the Majles approved the resignation of a number of MPs, including Fatemeh Haqiqat-ju, who said in her resignation speech that in many voting districts the number of votes were more than the number of voters. (Fereydoun Zarnegar) • In a letter to the Majles speaker, six MPs demanded expedited process of their resignations. 130 Majles speakers have turned in their resignations, but the Majles speaker said Majles cannot approve mass resignations. (Fereydoun Zarnegar) <b>Eight Die in Khuzestan and Fars Post Elections Clashes</b> • At least eight people died in clashes in four towns o Khuzestan and Fars provinces in disputes over Friday&apos;s Majles elections. violence broke out when people grew angry over an apparent win by a conservative candidate, officials in Firouzabad said. In the town of Izeh, police and protesters clashed. The interior minister denied that the disputed had any casualties early Monday, but later the Islamic Republic news agency confirmed the reports distributed earlier by foreign news agencies. (Baktash Khamsehpour) <b>Bam&apos;s Schools Miss 20,000 Student</b> • There is no information about the whereabouts of 20,000 student of Bam, which lost more than half of its residents in last December&apos;s earthquake, according to education ministry&apos;s local official Mansour Ziai-Raviz. Two months after the earthquake, only 10,000 have enrolled in the newly opened schools in makeshift structures. (Shireen Famili) • Reconstruction of the city&apos;s ancient citadel will begin in April under the supervision of UNESCO, announced Kerman provincial governor Mohammad-Ali Karimi in a symposium on Bam earthquake relief. (Shireen Famili) . ريچارد باوچر، سخنگوي وزارت امور خارجه آمريکا روز دوشنبه گفت عليرغم انتخابات مخدوش مجلس شوراي اسلامي، فشار براي اصلاحات و دمكراسي در ايران ادامه خواهد يافت. وي گفت انتخابات اخير مجلس با ضوابط بين المللي همخواني نداشت. وي افزود: مردم ايران سزاوار جکومتي هستند که به خواست هاي آنان پاسخگو باشد، و افزود: خواست هاي مردم ايران، به شيوه هاي گوناگون فرصت بروز پيدا خواهد کرد. آقاي باوچر گفت واشنگتن نگران ناديده گرفته شدن حقوق بشر از سوي حكومت ايران، حمايت اين حكومت از تروريسم، و سياست آن براي دستيابي به جنگ افزارهاي کشتار جمعي است.
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