Leaders of Iran's Kurds are waiting a reply from the Ruling Revolutionary Council on the latest proposal for Kurdish autonomy.
LV & CU Armed guards outside gates and journalists entering (4 shots)
SV & CU INTERIOR Chief of Central Committee of Democratic Party of Kurdistan speaking in English (Abdol Rahman Ghassemloo) and replying to reporter's questions (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: GHASSEMLOO: "As you know I was elected as a member of the expert assembly but I didn't take part in the activities of the assembly. It was not possible for me to go as you know, at that time the war started in Kurdistan. And of course there is no article in the new constitution about our principal demand, it means the right to autonomy. Of course after the ceasefire we were ready and we are still ready to co-operate with the government, especially with Imam himself. But, and of course our party, the Democratic Party of Kurdistan was the first one in Kurdistan who really accepted Imam's ... message to the Kurdish people. But I am sorry that in this message we didn't see that the word autonomy, or the promise as you say of autonomy. That's why we are continuing of course negotiations, and we hope to find a peaceful solution for the Kurdish problem in Iran."
REPORTER: "When do you think these groups are .... (indistinct)?
GHASSEMLOO: "You see always when you have a ceasefire there are here and there some accidents but i think it's not very important and as you know now we are in Mahabad you can see other towns of Kurdistan that really the situation is very quiet and some small, let's say incidents will not be reason to say there is no ceasefire."
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Background: Leaders of Iran's Kurds are waiting a reply from the Ruling Revolutionary Council on the latest proposal for Kurdish autonomy. the eight-point plan, worked out by the Kurds, was presented to a three-man government peace mission sent in to Kurdistan to try to work out a settlement. The peace initiative coincided with an upsurge of fighting in the Kurdish town of Baneh raising new fears about the strength of the current ceasefire.
SYNOPSIS: The peace mission went to the western Kurdish town of Mahabad with the offer of what was termed Limited Self-Rule for the Kurdish People. It was seen as the most serious peace effort yet by the government. But the Kurds are demanding full autonomy and that's the basis of their eight-point peace formula. The Secretary General of the Kurdish Democratic Party, Abdul Rahman Ghasemloo, says the government must recognise the autonomy demands.