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There are 4 messages totalling 260 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Saudi, Iran to discuss security pact
2. Gulf Arab ministers to meet on Iran
3. Yemeni president leaves for Iran on first visit
4. URGENT: Rafsanjani and Pasdaran Are Planning Coup Against Khatami

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Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 15:26:03 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Saudi, Iran to discuss security pact

Saudi, Iran to discuss security pact

Saudi Arabia's cabinet gave Interior Minister Prince Nayef the go-ahead on
Monday to discuss and sign a security cooperation pact with Iran.

April 17, 2000, 03:04 PM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's cabinet gave Interior Minister Prince Nayef
the go-ahead on Monday to discuss and sign a security cooperation pact with
Iran.


"The cabinet has authorised the interior minister or whoever deputises to
hold talks with the Iranian side to arrive at a draft agreement for security
cooperation," said a cabinet statement, carried by the official Saudi Press
Agency.
The statement said Prince Nayef could sign the draft agreement. He would
report back to the cabinet on the outcome of his talks. It did not provide
details of the agreement.

Tehran and Riyadh have been pursuing a rapprochement after years of mutual
suspicion that followed the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. Tension between
the two states eased after Iran's reformist President Mohammed Khatami took
office in 1997.

Relations between non-Arab Iran and other Gulf Arab states have also
improved. But they remain divided over the US military presence in the Gulf
and over a territorial dispute between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
Iran over three small but strategic Gulf islands held by Tehran but claimed
by the UAE.
© 2000 Reuters

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Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 15:26:44 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Gulf Arab ministers to meet on Iran

Gulf Arab ministers to meet on Iran

Official news agencies and newspapers said ministers from Saudi Arabia,
Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE would meet in the Saudi city of
Jeddah on April 8.

April 02, 2000, 02:31 PM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Gulf Arab foreign ministers are to meet early this month to
come up with a date for a regional summit and discuss efforts to end a
dispute between the United Arab Emirates and Iran, local media reported on
Sunday.


The reports by official news agencies and newspapers said ministers from
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE -- which make up the
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) -- would meet in the Saudi city of Jeddah on
April 8.
They would try to agree on a date for a summit of their leaders that is
expected to be held by May, the reports said. They would also discuss efforts
by a committee comprising Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman to bring Iran and the
UAE to the negotiating table to settle a dispute over three islands in the
Gulf, the reports said.

Gulf Arab leaders asked the committee in November to press ahead with efforts
to end the row and to present its report to the upcoming summit.

The dispute over the strategic islands of Abu Musa and the Lesser and Greater
Tunbs, located near key shipping lanes close to the mouth of the Gulf,
continues to hamper a further improvement of relations between Gulf Arab
states and their non-Arab neighbour across the water.

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Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 15:27:22 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Yemeni president leaves for Iran on first visit

Yemeni president leaves for Iran on first visit

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Tehran on Monday on a two-day
visit, his first trip to non-Arab Iran since he came to power in 1978.

April 17, 2000, 09:42 AM

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Tehran on
Monday on a two-day visit, his first trip to non-Arab Iran since he came to
power in 1978.


A Yemeni official told Reuters before Saleh's departure that he would bring
up the issue of a territorial dispute between Iran and the United Arab
Emirates over three small but strategic Gulf islands controlled by Tehran,
but also claimed by the UAE.
The official said that Saleh, among other issues, would discuss the
possibility of Yemen playing a mediating role to try to resolve the dispute,
which continues to cast a shadow over improving relations between the Islamic
republic and its Arab neighbours.

Iran has been seeking to strengthen relations with Arab states, includes
those of the Arabian Peninsula, since the election of reformist President
Mohammad Khatami in 1997.

A Yemeni official said Saleh might stop in the UAE for a brief visit on his
way home.
© 2000 Reuters

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Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 17:50:32 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: URGENT: Rafsanjani and Pasdaran Are Planning Coup Against Khatami

While the assassination attempt against Hajjarian gave us the first signs of
an impending coup against Khatami, the severe WARNING from the Revolutionary
Guards yesterday to Khatami and the entire reform movement
(http://www.iranmania.com/news/apr00/160400f.asp)left little doubt that now
that the hardliners have lost the Majlis and presidency, they're intent on
holding on to power at ANY and ALL costs, including massive BLOODSHED.

PASDARAN MENACE PRESIDENT AND REFORMISTS WITH A COUP

By Safa Haeri, IPS Editor
PARIS 16TH Apr. (IPS) The Islamic Revolution Guardians Corps (IRGC or
Pasdaran) menaced Sunday President Mohammad Khatami and all his "small and
big" reformist followers of a "thunder-like coup" in case they do not stop
"at once and for good plotting against the Islamic revolution and it's
achievements".

"When the time arrives, and with a nod by our beloved leader and guide,
(Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i), all enemies of the Islamic revolution, from very
the big to the very small ones, would hear the sound of the sledgehammer
inside their skull is such a way that they would be stopped for ever plotting
and betraying" the IRGC warned in statement that was broadcast in full by
Tehran Radio.

Iranian political analyst and observers immediately interpreted the
unprecedented declaration to a "rampant military coup" aimed at annulling the
recently held Majles (parliament) elections that was swept by the reformists.

Though this is not the first time that the Guards, in total violation of the
Constitution and ignoring previous orders from Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini who had forbid them from interfering in political matters, takes
side for the conservatives and particularly Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i, who is
also their Supreme Commander, but this is the first time that they openly and
publicly raise the menace of a military take over.

In a speech made before the elections, Rev. Guards General Yahya Rahim-Safavi
had warned that the "liberals" are about to "mount a smooth Parliamentary
coup".

"Now that the liberals have swept the great majority of the next 290-seat
Majles, it seems that the Pasdaran are about to counter that smooth coup with
a counter-coup of their own', observed one prominent political analyst.

In recent days, Tehran was ripe with rumours of a military coup against
President Khatami, a move that would start with the assassination of Mr.
Sa'id Hajjarian, the Publisher of the outspoken "Sobhe Emrouz" daily, a close
friend and adviser to the President and the "architect" of the landslide
victory of the reformists in the recent Legislative elections.

Shot in the head at close range by a terrorist 35 days ago in front of the
reformists-controlled Tehran City Council, Mr. Hajjarian survived the murder
and is in hospital since.

Investigations carried by the independent press revealed that the terror team
belong to the Pasdarans Intelligence section led by Revolutionary Guard
General Mohammad Reza Zolqadr while the conservatives say the killers are
from the reformists and consequently, arrested Friday Mr. Ahmad Hakimipour,
an associate of Mr. Hajjarian at the City Council they suspect of
collaboration with the murderers.

Noting that the State-run Radio and Television are under the direct control
of Mr. Khameneh'i, observers also reached the obvious conclusion that the
astonishing statement must have his blessing to be broadcast by the public
media.

Addressing the reformists it describes as "atheists fighting God, beaten by
the Revolution, repentant revolutionaries, enemies and malevolent", the
statement assures them that in case they do not pay attention to the Guards
ultimatum, "all of them and without any exception would be finished overnight
and with a speed no one could ever imagine, applying on them the law of
violence".

The declaration observes that not only all most sacred and serious principles
of the Islamic revolution are being satirised and ridiculed by the reformist
journalists and intellectuals, but they also dares to go as far as saying
that imam Khomeini would join the history's museum, a clear reference to the
title of a Berlin newspaper that had carried last week an interview with the
leading investigative journalist and scholar Akbar Ganji.

"All these points to a treacherous effort supported by America, aimed at
ending the revolution, finishing Islam and isolating true revolutionaries and
fighters, killing the pasdaran and the basiji", the communiqué goes on,
accusing the reformist press that it describes as "polluted".

"This is the strongest ever statement issued by the Guards against the reform
movement that is supported by the President", observed one Tehran analyst who
asked for anonymity.

Observers noted that the warning was issued one day after Ashoura, a date
that marks the beheading of Hossein, the third and most venerated imam of the
Shi'a Muslims in the year 62 AD, a period when religious fervours are very
high in Iran in the one hand and two days after a violent speech by Ayatollah
Khameneh'i in which he had stressed on the "necessity" of applying "legal
violence" against enemies and criticised what he termed as "American reforms"
on the other.

The threat culminates an all out and well orchestrated offensive against the
moderates mounted by the conservatives, led jointly by Mr. Khameneh'i and
Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have mounted, they pointed out.

Day after day in the past three weeks, the hard liners have abolished the
election results in several constituencies where reformists had won, the last
one being that of Naqadeh and Oshnavyeh in the Iranian Kurdistan where a
Sunni Muslim close to the reformists was elected, forbid the next Majles from
investigating all organisations and administrations that are under the direct
control of the leader, meaning Radio and Television, Revolutionary Guards,
the Judiciary, the controversial Clergymen's Special Tribunal, or the
sprawling and corruption-riddled Deprived Foundation, debating the much
criticised bill aimed at curtailing the already limited press freedom etc.

"This is a U turn back to the darkest period of Khomeinism, Iranian
Stalinism. It's the time of Securitate-type operation. Now one has to see how
it turns out and who will be the loser, as one side has openly declared war
on the other camp", commented one experienced journalist, speculating that it
is "quite possible" that Mr. Khameneh'i was himself menaced, forced to chose
side, give the green light to the conservatives hawks or to face the
consequences in case the Guards takes over.

The unequivocal declaration has placed president Khatami in a very delicate
and difficult situation, as reformists, but most particularly the young and
restless ones are pinning their hope on him, waiting for him to come to their
rescue. One wrong move and the Pasdaran could go into operation, declare a
state of emergency, striking thunder-like at the moderates, without
exception, as they have promised, that means including himself.

The difficulty for Khatami is that having won the elections, he is expected
to take bold action and in a quid pro quo, tell the conservatives without any
ambiguity to either accept the rules of the game and bow to the verdict of
the polls or he would call on the people to stand up and defend both the
nation and the reforms. The answer will come in a matter of days. ENDS
PASDARAN COUP 16400

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