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    TEHRAN ACCUSES EUROPEANS OF MISUNDERSTANDING IRAN'S REALITY

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    TEHRAN, February 15, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent) - The Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi has accused the European Parliament, which passed the resolution declaring parliamentary elections in the country scheduled for February 20th illegal, of inability to understand the country's reality, the ministry's press service reported on Sunday.

    "The resolution on elections to the Mejlis [parliament] of the Islamic Republic shows that the European body does not understand adequately the reality of the Islamic Republic and is not aware of the main clauses of Iran's Constitution," the press service quoted Asefi as saying.

    "There is no need to argue about the incontestable fact that parliamentary elections in Iran are the state's inner affair and any intervention from outside is unacceptable and will be prevented," the Iranian diplomat emphasized.

    The resolution was caused by the Iranian Supervisory Board's refusal to include in the ballot papers representatives of reform parties, arguing that they did not correspond to "the norms of Islam".

    Iran's Supervisory Board is meant to strictly control the compliance with the country's constitution and is subordinated only to the Islamic Republic's spiritual leader and head of state Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (nek/ira)

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