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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Grand Ayatollah calls for establishment of committee to end disputes
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN - Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi has called for the establishment of a committee comprised of MPs and other prominent national figures that would be tasked with attempting to end the political disputes in society.
“A committee comprised of MPs and certain elite people outside the Majlis should… create friendship between political groupings so that these disputes end. The continuation of these deputes is not in our country’s interests,” he told seminary students and religious figures at meeting in Qom on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, certain people inside Iran ignore Islamic principles and are fueling political disputes by spreading rumors and lies on websites, he added.
The country is about to start negotiations with foreign countries, and the continuation of these internal conflicts will undermine Iran’s position in the talks, and the foreign countries will take advantage of the situation to pressure the country, the grand ayatollah stated.
Iran and the 5+1 group (China, the United States, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany) are scheduled to hold talks today on a range of security issues in Geneva, Switzerland.
“If the conflicts escalate, all groups, the people, the administration, and the Majlis will suffer the consequences, and such a loss would not be not in the country’s interests,” he stated.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi said that the country is in a sensitive situation and urged all political factions to end their disputes