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There are 4 messages totalling 247 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. fyi: Daei and MahdaviKia playing choosen for FIFA World Stars Squad
2. WP: Cohen Warns Gulf States On Dealing With Tehran Secretary Cites Dangers
Even as Ties Improve
3. IRNA --Court of appeals sentences Shamsolvaezi to 30 months in prison
4. IRNA --Tehran Islamic council says Hajjarian's only saviour is being
framed

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 03:34:09 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: fyi: Daei and MahdaviKia playing choosen for FIFA World Stars Squad

FIFA World Stars Squad
FIFA.com (5.4.00)

star-studded FIFA World Stars selection will play the national
team of Bosnia-Herzegovina on 25 April 2000 at the Kosevo
Stadium in Sarajevo. Asian players Ali Daei, Mehdi Mahdavikia
and Su Maozhen are among the players selected for FIFA World Stars
Squad.

Coaches
Carlos Alberto Parreira, BRA - confirmed
Carlos Queiroz, POR - confirmed

Goalkeepers
Bernard Lama, FRA (PSG) - confirmed
Andreas Köpke, GER (FC Nürnberg) - confirmed
Jorge Campos, MEX (Universidad Monterrey "Tigres")

Defenders
Claudio Suarez, MEX (Guadalajara FC) - confirmed
Aldair, BRA (AS Roma)
Augusto Cesar, BRA (Paris Saint-Germain FC) - confirmed
Dunga, BRA (Sport Club International) - confirmed
Sanchis, ESP (Real Madrid)
Aloísio, BRA (FC Porto) - confirmed
Jocelyn Angloma, FRA (Valencia CF)
Pierre Njanka, CMR (RC Strasbourg) - confirmed

Midfielders / Strikers
Su Maozhen, CHN (China FA) - confirmed
Roberto Baggio, ITA (Internazionale FC) - confirmed
Thomas Hässler, GER (1860 München) - confirmed
Ali Daei, IRN (Hertha BSC Berlin) - confirmed
Abedi Pele, GHA - confirmed
Mustapha Hadji, MOR (Coventry City) - confirmed
Sony Anderson, BRA (Olympique Lyon) - confirmed
Ronaldo, BRA (Internazionale FC)
Mehdi Mahdavikia, IRN - confirmed

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 13:05:14 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: WP: Cohen Warns Gulf States On Dealing With Tehran Secretary Cites
Dangers Even as Ties Improve

Cohen Warns Gulf States On Dealing With Tehran Secretary Cites Dangers
Even as Ties Improve

By Howard Schneider Washington Post Foreign Service Monday, April 10,
2000; Page A14

CAIRO, April 10—As Defense Secretary William S. Cohen toured the Middle
East in recent days, warning American allies of continued threats from
Iran and the corresponding need for better defense technology in the
region, officials in two of those countries, Oman and Saudi Arabia, laid
the groundwork for defense discussions with an eager new partner: Iran.

A day before Cohen arrived in Saudi Arabia, an Iranian diplomat and
Saudi officials discussed plans for the upcoming visit of Iran's defense
minister, the first such visit in 20 years. Meanwhile, officials in
Tehran welcomed the head of Oman's air force, who had come to discuss
what the Iranian press described as "the expansion of all-out relations
with the Islamic Republic." Cohen will end his trip in Oman this week.

The crisscrossing visits highlight Iran's expanding efforts to court the
Arab Persian Gulf states and compete with American influence there. They
also show that political reforms in Iran are presenting complex
challenges to U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Iran has been critical of U.S. political and military power in the Gulf
region and has argued that countries there should coordinate defense
arrangements among themselves. Since the Gulf War, several thousand U.S.
troops have been stationed in Saudi Arabia; the United States also has
defense installations in Kuwait and Bahrain, home of the Navy's 5th
Fleet.

Historically, Saudi Arabia and its Arab neighbors have been suspicious
of Iran, particularly since Iran's Shiite Muslim revolution 20 years ago
raised fears about increased militancy among Shiite communities in the
Gulf states, whose ruling monarchies are Sunni Muslims.

The victory of moderate politicians in recent Iranian elections,
however, has begun to ease those concerns, and the country's reformist
president, Mohammed Khatemi, took a direct step to mend relations when
he visited Saudi Arabia last year--the first such trip by an Iranian
leader since the revolution.

The United States has voiced optimism about the growing influence of
Khatemi and other moderates in Iran and has eased some trade
restrictions as a result. But Washington's rhetoric on such issues as
international terrorism, the Arab-Israeli peace process and Iran's
development of nuclear and other nonconventional weapons has remained
tough, and U.S. officials have cited these issues to justify continued
defense modernization in the region. Visiting Kuwait, Cohen watched U.S.
Marines lob grenades and fire "bunker buster" assault weapons, telling
them later that he hoped film of the exercise would be broadcast so Iran
might "see just how good you really are."

"Each country must be very careful in dealing with Iran," Cohen said,
"to make sure they can satisfy themselves that Iran wants a peaceful,
stable relationship with them."

Cohen's trip to the region, one of two he makes annually to the Gulf
states and other allied Arab countries, was meant this time to promote
the Cooperative Defense Initiative he proposed last year. The project
would bring together the United States, its Gulf allies, Egypt and
Jordan to share information on the possibility of missile attacks and
prepare strategies to protect their populations.

In addition to Iran, U.S. officials say Iraq poses a continued threat to
the region since it appears to be continuing its efforts to produce
biological and chemical weapons. As part of his mission, Cohen agreed to
help Egypt upgrade its air defenses and began discussing the possibility
of including U.S. Arab allies in a regional anti-missile system.

Middle East analysts said Cohen's trip has demonstrated what Arabs
believe to be a contradiction inherent in U.S. policy: Even though Iran
may be developing into a full-blown democracy, and Iraq may be seriously
weakened by war and continued U.S. airstrikes, the United States
continues to cite the two countries as threats that justify a sustained
U.S. military presence in the oil-rich region.

"You see contradictory signals from the United States," said Abdel
Moneim Said, head of the Al Ahram Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo.
"You see the beginning of a change of policy on the 'rogue states' and
at the same time talk about a sophisticated defense system."

But Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said there is no inconsistency in a
policy of hoping Iran continues toward moderation while encouraging
allies to be well defended against possible attack. "We know that Iran
is working to develop" weapons of mass destruction, Bacon said. "Our
feeling is that we need to be protected. Our troops in the Gulf need to
be protected. And it makes sense for countries in the Gulf to look at
ways to protect themselves."

© Copyright 2000 The Washington Post Company

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 13:06:05 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: IRNA --Court of appeals sentences Shamsolvaezi to 30 months in prison

Court of appeals sentences Shamsolvaezi to 30 months in prison

Tehran, April 10, IRNA -- Masha-allah Shamsolvaezin, editor-in-chief of
the Persian daily Asr-e Azadegan, has been sentenced to 30 months in
prison in a verdict issued by branch 27 of the court of appeals of the
judiciary, press reports said Monday.

The appeals court, in an eight-page verdict, modified an earlier verdict
sentencing the accused to three years and commuted the same to 30
months; all other issues in the case remain unchanged, reports added.

The verdict has yet to be conveyed officially to Shamsolvaezin who has a
right of appeal, informed sources say.

Shamsolvaezin has repeatedly termed branch 27 on several occasions as a
"confirmation" court rather than an appeals court on account of its
record of stamping confirmations on previous decisions ordering the
closure of two Persian dailies--`Jame'eh' and 'Neshat'.

Shamsolvaezin, in accordance with note 31, will have 20 days within
which to ask for a review of his conviction by the supreme court.

Sources close to Shamsolvaezi said he will definitely appeal his
conviction in accordance with the right granted to him by law.

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Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2000 13:06:30 -0400
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@PANJERE.NET>
Subject: IRNA --Tehran Islamic council says Hajjarian's only saviour is being
framed

Tehran Islamic council says Hajjarian's only saviour is being framed

Tehran, April 9, IRNA -- Tehran city council said in a press release
Sunday that Hakimipour, that is the person who took Hajjarian to
hospital in a bold and self-sacrificing action and who, it said, is
credited for Hajjarian's escape from the deadly injury to his face is
now being framed.

It said a number of local newspapers had said that Hakimipour had been
denied exit from the country which, it said, implied criminal charges on
him in connection with the attempt on Hajjarian's life. the council on
Sunday requested the judiciary authorities to disown the rumor that had
been published as news.

The council said that the rumor offered in the form of news had been
designed with the idea of suggesting that the people who had designed
and engineered the attempt on Saeed Hajjarian's life could not tolerate
to see that the very person who had saved Hajjarian's life was now going
about freely, and were deliberately publishing false reports about him
in a bid to manipulate the public opinion against him.

The Tehran city council also said in the same press release that one of
the persons incriminated in the assassination attempt had reportedly
been tortured to extract certain confessions "as part of a particular
scenario" in the case. It said it would publish complementary reports on
the story after it gathered sufficient corroborative evidence.

Hajjarian expected to be in perfect health in six months

Tehran, April 9, IRNA -- Saeed Hajjarian has made considerable recovery
in respect of breathing and for the level of his consciousness, and will
be able to communicate orally soon, Dr. Mohammad Reza Zafaqandi member
of the medical team said here Sunday.

Another member of the medical team doctor Omidvar Rezaei said the Mr.
Hajjarian's jaws are broken which, he said, is the reason why he cannot
open his mouth.

An operation has been made to correct Hajjarian's fractured jaws and he
is expected to be able to articulate words perhaps in another two weeks.

He said the bullet that had ripped through the left bone of Hajjarian's
cheek and landed in his neck had in part impaired his spinal cord and
medulla oblongata which had previously complicated his breathing.

He said the pace of his recovery is satisfactory and that with the kind
of medical treatment that he was receiving he would probably make a
complete recovery in another six months.

Hajjarian, Tehran city councilor and publisher of the Persian daily
'Sob-he Emrouz' (this morning) was shot in the face in an assassination
attempt in front of Tehran municipality at 08:00 hours March 12. His
attacker and his accomplices were arrested a few days after the attempt
on his life.

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