The ruling Revolutionary Council of Iran has been troubled by regional revolts principally in Kurdistan and Azerbaijan provinces.
SV Kurd guards at entrance to meeting place (4 shots)
SV Chief of Central Committee of Kurdistan Democratic Party, Abdolrahmen Ghassemlou arriving
SV Delegates arriving with Kurds mounting guard (2 shots)
SV Religious leader Ezeddin Hosseini arriving saying a few words
SV PAN UP Guard making tea for delegates while fellow guardsmen look on (2 shots)
SV PAN AND ZOOM INTO Mr. Hosseini and mr. Ghassemlou seated together among delegates
CU Mr. Ghassemlou seated
SCU Mr. Hosseini seated
CU Another Kurdish leader
SV Delegates talking together before meeting (2 shots)
SCU Mr. Ghassemlou speaking in English
GHASSEMLOU: "I think that we are inefficient, you see. But, of course, if really we realise that the government side wants only to, let's say, to discuss details or small problems and there is no serious negotiations, then of course we shall not negotiate. Because we think that the Kurdish problem is important, not only for the Iranian Kurdistan, but also for Iran as a whole. And you can't joke about such a serious problem."
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Background: The ruling Revolutionary Council of Iran has been troubled by regional revolts principally in Kurdistan and Azerbaijan provinces. A Kurdish ceasefire was called while autonomy talks began with the Khomeini government, but the head of the Central Committee of the Kurdish Democratic Party, Abolraham Ghassemlou, announced on Thursday (13 December) that the talks had broken down after just one session.
The Kurdish leaders met on Thursday (13 December) in the Kurdish capital of Mahabad to discuss the failure of the talks, following the Government delegations's objections to the presence of two members of the Kurdish Marxist People's Fedayeen, and one representative of the Komela, the Kurdish Communist Party.
Central Committee Chief Ghassemlou like the others was reportedly keen to find a solution.
But there was anxiety about the possibility of a break-down of the ceasefire.
The Kurdish religious leader Ezeddin Hosseini had said in an interview that the Kurds were ready to continue peace talks to solve the Kurdistan problem, especially at what he called this critical time when the country was 'in a confrontation with imperialism'. He said he hoped for an end to the problem so that they might with unity confront their main enemy, the United States.
But the day before the meeting, a member of the ruling Revolutionary Council announced that considering the regional revolts, Iran might move towards a Federal Government. Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti, Secretary of the Council, had said that the realities of the country must be considered.
The Kurds say their struggle excludes political ideologies, and the tree groups should all be represented at the talks. Mr. Ghassemlou said the problem was one for the whole of Iran.