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October 28, 1980

WINKELMAN, 'INFORMATION FOR THE POLITBURO: GENERAL COMMUNIQUE OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE TUDEH PARTY OF IRAN AND THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF THE IRAQ COMMUNIST PARTY'

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    The Central Committees of the Iraqi Communist Party and Iranian Tudeh Party condemn Iraqi aggression against Iran, support Palestinian rights against what they view as "Zionist aggressors," and criticize American imperialism in the region.
    "Winkelman, 'Information for the Politburo: General Communique of the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran and the Central Committee of the Iraq Communist Party'," October 28, 1980, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, BStU, MfS, HA II, Nr. 32620. Obtained by Roham Alvandi. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/134849
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International Relations
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Berlin, October 28th 1980
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Internal to the Party

49 cop., 4 pages
10 cop., 4 pages

Information for the Politburo

Subject: General communique from the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran and the Central Committee of the Iraq Communist Party

(Published on 23.10.1980 in Tehran in the Central Organ of the Tudeh Party of Iran, "Mardom")

[Signature]
Winkelmann

Distributors
1st-30th Copies of the Politburo
31st-49th Copies of the Department of International Relations

General communique of the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran and the Central Committee of the Iraq Communist Party

The Iraq Communist Party and the Tudeh Party of Iran strongly condemn the agression of Saddam Hussein's clique agains the Islamic Republic of Iran!

The agression of the Iraqi Baath Regime is framed by several earlier plots against the anti-imperialist and popular Iranian revolution and against the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a "logical" consequence of the hostile politics that the Saddam Hussein clique began at the height of the massive and revolutionary movement of the Iranian peoples against the self-aggrandizing puppet regime of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, and intensified after the February revolution in Iran. Saddam Hussein and his clique have openly supported the criminal Shah until the last moment, and after the revolution formulated plots to weaken the new Iranian regime. These plots include, among others, the smuggling in of saboteurs to Kurdistan and Khuzestan; the provision of protection to refugee counterrevolutionary Iranians; the preparation of massive supplies to traitors like General Oveissi, to the sister of the Shah Ashraf, to Bakhtiar and Palisban for organizational military and propagandistic purposes, as well as a constant war of attrition. They have now entered into a new phase with the start of a clever and aggressive war against the Islamic Republic of Iran, marked by the concurrence of the politics of Saddam Hussein with imperialistic American politics.

The openly aggressive hostility of Saddam Hussein and his clique against the Islamic Republic of Iran demonstrates itself also in its destructive politics in Arabic countries that fight against imperialism. The other side of his hostile politics is the bloody suppression of all democratic, progressive forces, which is also directed against the broad masses of the Iraqi people and holds no regard for its rights and freedoms. The conduct of the war against the Kurdish people and the destruction of all its national rights and the furtherance of a politics of national and religious discrimination is a consequence of his vile plan for military, political, and economic dependence on imperialism. In reality this aggression benefits the Camp David participants who want to distract the attention of the world from the main problem facing all freedom-loving Arab nations. This problem consists in the liberation of all occupied Arab areas by Zionist aggressors, the restoration of rights to the Palestinian people, ensuring their return to their homeland and in the return of their rights to create a Palestinian state. Through the aggression of the Saddam Hussein clique against Iran a service has been provided to American imperialism, which has the goal of engaging militarily in the region of the Persian Gulf under the pretense of ensuring the oil supply. They are endeavoring to threaten the security of peace in the region and in the entire world through reactionary regimes and imperialist forces, and to establish a new bloc.


In foreign policy, the Saddam Hussein regime is seeking to divert the policy of friendship and solidarity between socialist countries and true national peoples' liberation movements. This policy is beginning cooperation with the puppet regimes of the region, like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Oman, and Somalia. The participation in the manifold intrigue against the opposition movement of the Palestinian people, the resistance front; PDR Yemen; Afghanistan; Algeria, the Polisario and Ethiopio are some examples of this harmful policy.

Both parties find it necessary to mention that all controversial problems should be resolved through peaceful means mutually beneficial to the people of both countries and to the general struggle against imperialism, Zionism, and reaction, and for the development of both countries.

The Central Committee of the Iraq Communist Party strongly condemns the aggression and the plotting of the Saddam Hussein regime and his clique against the Iranian revolution and declares its solidarity with the struggle of the Iranian peoples against imperialism under the direction of US imperialism and particularly against the mercenaries of Saddam Hussein.

The Central Committee of the Iraq Communist Party demands:


-Immediate suspension of aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran and all plots against the Iranian revolution;
-Withdrawal of Iraqi offensive troops behind the legally established borders of both countries;
-The requirement of the Iraqi government not to provide support to the Iranian counterrevolution.

The Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran declares:

again its solidarity with the anti-imperialist and anti-dictatorial fight of the Iraqi people and the Communists and wishes the Iraqi people henceforth much success in its heroic fight for the downfall of the dictator and the establishment of a democratic government.

Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran
Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party

October 1980