Monday, June 20, 2005

Ahmadinezhad, Rafsanjani, reps disagree over security chief's role

Ahmadinezhad, Rafsanjani, reps disagree over security chief's role: "Media Monitor

Ahmadinezhad, Rafsanjani, reps disagree over security chief's role
Jun 19, 2005, 22:30 GMT

Excerpt from report by Iranian TV on 19 June

[In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. [Passage omitted: On Mohammad Hoseyn Mar'ashi and Kalhor representing the views of Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani and Mahmud Ahmadinezhad in Iranian presidential elections]

[Mar'ashi] You see, when discussing the president's capabilities, The president must be capable and society must recognize his capabilities. Of course, I fully agree that the people must sit in judgment and, for that reason, we will be waiting for the people's judgment on Friday [25 June, the second round of Iranian presidential elections]. God willing, we will see the outcome as well. However, this will depend on whether there is a fair contest. However, in a period during which one could not conduct any kind of campaign against a presidential candidate, five million CDs, which contain nothing but falsehood and lies, were produced and distributed. Of course, I am not saying that you [interrupted]

[Kalhor] Yes.

[Mara'shi] I really insist that the honourable information and interior ministries must [interrupted].

[Kalhor - interrupting] They must investigate this.

[Mara'shi] They must announce that in the period during which campaigns could not be conducted against His Excellency because of his candidacy [-interrupted]

[Kalhor - interrupting] Such things were done against Mr Ahmadinezhad as well. However, I am not going to go into it.

[Mara'shi] Yes, even if such things were done to Mr Ahmadinezhad they were done sporadically. Yes, you see [interrupted]

[Kalhor] So do you accept responsibility for what happened in Mr Ahmadinezhad's case?

[Mar'ashi] No, I do not. I do not accept the responsibility for it. Whoever has done this is responsible for his actions. However, you see, five million CDs which contain nothing but lies were produced. Moreover, many secret pamhplets against Mr His Excellency Hashemi[-Rafsanjani] were distributed. Many allegations were made. We can see the continuation of that sort of thing elsewhere. So they must come and talk about this. Then, the institutions which must not interfere in politics and preserve the dignity of their system must do so, then the people will be able to sit in judgment. Then we will fully accept that. But those are the two pre-conditions. The we will wait for the people's judgment on Friday and we will see what they want.

However, the crux of the matter is that the indivdual in question must be capable, competent, able and brave. At the same time, society, including societies of experts, specialists and managers must accept his seniority and his place as a high-ranking individual. You see, a person such as Dr [Hasan] Rowhani who is the secretary of the country's Supreme National Security Council is among the very few people who has been dealing with the sensitive nuclear energy dossier. He has been responsible for negotiating on Iran's behalf. Ultimately, the likes of Dr Rowhani [interrupted]

[Kalhor] He will continue to do so in the future as well.

[Mara'shi] As I said, the likes of Mr Rowhani will not agree to serve if they do not recognize the seniority of the future president.

[Kalhor] How do you know that?

[Mar'ashi] I am informed about this and that is why I am telling you this. [Passage omitted: On Mara'shi talking about the same issue by citing other examples and moving onto other issues and on Kalhor saying that he will remain friends with whoever is president]

[Kalhor] You see, the point at issue is that, today, our management really needs a revolution. I am just saying this as an individual. I mean the stagnation and sclerosis in such areas is very serious indeed. I mean one has to use words that I would not like to use in such a session. I suspect that the people think that among all the candidates, this particular candidate can do this better. My duty is this. I am saying this about His Excellency Dr Rowhani because we have known each other for a long time both before and after the revolution. He will accept this if I say that. Please permit all the people like us to do so. I am really insignificant and I am only an insignificant soldier. However, as the supreme leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i] graciously said, we shall serve the likes of Mr Rowhani and whoever is president. You should not say such things about him or anyone esle for that matter. I think that His Excellency Mr Hashemi[-Rafsanjani] will do so too. We all love Iran and we shall give it all of our experience. I don't think that any of the people named or any of those whose names were not mentioned would say that if this person came to power, I will cooperate, but if another person came to power, I would not. It has really never been like that until now. It has not been like that until now. [passage omitted: On two kinds of government, old and yoiung governments]

Source: Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 2, Tehran, in Persian 1800 gmt 19 Jun 05

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