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There are 6 messages totalling 377 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Armenians in Tehran stage rally on massacre anniversary
2. Judiciary chief: rights of the press should be observed
3. Saudi, Iran to strive for regional cooperation
4. UPDATE 1-Iran waives ban on one reformist daily
5. IRAN OFFERS TO PROVIDE S ARABIA INDUSTRIAL NEEDS
6. IRANIAN COUPLE FACING THE BOOT AFFAIR 'REHEARSED'

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 00:26:36 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Armenians in Tehran stage rally on massacre anniversary

Payvand's Iran News ...


04/24/2000
Armenians in Tehran stage rally on massacre anniversary

Tehran, April 24, IRNA -- Armenians residing in Tehran staged a rally Monday
to mark the 85th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by the Ottomans.
Prior to the rally, the Armenians visited a photo exhibition of Armenian
martyrs at Saint Sarkis church and later marched towards the UN office in
Tehran.

The participants in the rally carried placards in condemnation of the
massacre and chanted slogans such as 'Turkey's crime must be condemned',
'down with the fascist government of Turkey' and 'West Armenia should be
revived'.

The rallying Armenians also chanted slogans in support of the innocent
Palestinian people and cried 'down with Israel'.

In a statement read during the rally the participants condemned massacre of
Armenians and occupation of Armenia by the Turkish government and said the
Armenian nation who inherit a rich and ancient civilization is the first
victim of one of the most tragic crimes of the 20th century.

Therefore, the statement further added, in an effort to create a world
reliant on understanding and free from conflict, the Armenian nation seeks
realization of justice and restoration of its right as well as that of all
the oppressed people of the world.

It said a world which has enthusiastically welcomed president Khatami's
initiative for dialog among civilizations and is taking practical steps
towards development of international amity cannot heed to the tension-seeking
and inhumane policies of governments such as Turkey.

The statement said in conclusion that by failing to shoulder the
responsibility of the massacre of Armenians, the Turkish government has lost
the opportunity to remove such a stain of disgrace from its history in the
20th century.

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 00:40:04 EDT
From: Iran Man <IRANEHMAN@AOL.COM>
Subject: Judiciary chief: rights of the press should be observed

04/24/2000
Judiciary chief: rights of the press should be observed


Tehran, April 24, IRNA -- Head of the judiciary ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi
Shahrudi here on Monday advised lawmakers to take all dimensions into
consideration while making laws so that interests of people and society as
well as rights of the press, as clarified by the constitution, would be
guaranteed.

Public relations department at the judiciary quoted Shahrudi as telling
senior judicial officials that he had announced time and again that
materializing the guidelines of the leader of Islamic revolution ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, as made in his recent meeting with the youth, is compulsory for
all relevant officials and politicians.

Shahrudi said that country's security, nation's prosperity and public
security depend on the way the officials heed the leader's warnings.

He said that if officials do not pay attention to the concerns and warnings
of the supreme leader, the Iranian people would face serious problems.

Karroubi calls on press to follow right path

Tehran, April 24, IRNA -- Secretary-general of the left wing militant clerics
league, hojjatoleslam Mohammad Karroubi, here on Sunday said that the press,
although it can work independently and enjoy freedom of expression, must
pursue such rights in such a way as not to damage the constitution, national
interests, and the general principles of the Islamic system.

"As we have emphasized before, we are in favor of reforms and press freedom,
and praise variety of thought and freedom of the pen, but such a freedom must
not desecrate the sanctities and destroy the people's respect since it will
lead to national discord," he said.

He referred to president Khatami's remarks in a recent meeting to the effect
that both the nation and the people are in need of tranquility, and where he
urged the Iranian nation, particularly the youth, to pay careful attention to
national unity more than ever before.

Above all, he said, "we must respect the supreme leader's sensitivities
vis-a-vis the press and their authorities and be loyal to him."

Elsewhere in his remarks, Karroubi commended the status of the elite
revolutionary guards and Basij forces, saying they have arisen from within
the people themselves, at the same time warning them to refrain from
political disputes.

He reminded his listeners that the founder of the Islamic revolution,
ayatollah Khomeini, in his will had described interference of the armed
forces in political disputes as `fatal poison.'

Rezaie regrets closure of some print media

Tehran, April 24, IRNA -- The Expediency Council (EC) secretary Mohsen Rezaie
said here on Monday that had cultural authority of the country and culture
and Islamic guidance ministry made necessary reforms in the press over the
past few years, the country would not have witnessed closure of dailies or
periodicals.

Razaie was referring to Tehran justice department's move in ordering closure
of eight dailies, three weeklies and one monthly in Iran for having
consistently ignored the previous warnings of Iranian courts to discontinue
printing materials which disparaged Islamic rules, religious sanctities of
the Iranian nation and pillars of the Islamic Republic system.

He said that if necessary reforms are made in accordance with strategic
guidelines as offered by the supreme leader of the Islamic revolution
ayatollah Ali Khamenei the there would be nothing for the press to worry
about.

In that case the press can act strongly to strengthen and expand reforms
which are the pressing need of contemporary society, said Rezaie.

Continued development and institutionalization of freedoms coupled with
reform in the press are possible under present conditions, he added.

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 02:20:50 EDT
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Saudi, Iran to strive for regional cooperation

Saudi, Iran to strive for regional cooperation


RIYADH, April 25 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and Iran vowed to work for stronger
regional cooperation and for better relations between the Islamic republic
and the United Arab Emirates, locked in a territorial row which still hampers
ties with Iran.

The pledges were made at a joint news conference in the Saudi city of Jeddah
by Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan and his Iranian counterpart Rear
Admiral Ali Shamkhani on Monday night, the official Saudi Press Agency
reported on Tuesday.

``We assert to you that we all strive to serve close cooperation between the
UAE and Iran and between all the other Gulf Arab countries and Iran,'' Prince
Sultan said.

Shamkhani began a trip to Saudi Arabia on Monday, the first visit by a senior
Iranian defence official since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and in more
than a decade of often tense ties between Gulf Arab states and their non-Arab
neighbour.

Prince Sultan told the conference that exchanging visits was a clear sign
that both countries were trying to remove causes of tension in their
relations.

Years of mutual suspicion between Saudi Arabia and Iran followed Iran's 1979
revolution but has eased since Iran's reformist President Mohammed Khatami
took office in 1997.

Iran and its Gulf Arab neighbours remain divided over the U.S. military
presence in the Gulf and by a territorial dispute between the UAE and Iran
over three strategic Gulf islands held by Iran but also claimed by the UAE.

Asked about the desire of the kingdom and other Gulf Arab countries for good
relations between Iran and the UAE, Prince Sultan said:

``This is not just our wish but that of Iran as well. We are in agreement on
the desire for fruitful cooperation between Iran and the UAE and other Gulf
Arab states...

``We are not mediators (in the dispute between Iran and the UAE). We are part
of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and at the same time we hold feelings
towards Iran of appreciation, love and continuous hope that our future will
be better than our past,'' Prince Sultan said.

Shamkahni told the news conference that Iran was keen to strengthen relations
with all Arab countries.

``We view (relations) with the UAE from the principles that Iran believes in,
to improve relations with all Arab countries especially coountries in our
region,'' Shamkhani said.

Prince Sultan said the interior ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran would soon
discuss a proposed security cooperation pact.

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef said on Sunday the kingdom hoped to sign
the pact with Iran soon, focusing on fighting crime and drug trafficking.

Gulf officials said this month that recent security pacts between Gulf Arab
states and Iran focus on combating crime and were unlikely to lead to defence
accords.

Oman reached a similar arrangement with Iran recently and Kuwait is due to
follow suit soon, officials said.

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 02:23:06 EDT
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: UPDATE 1-Iran waives ban on one reformist daily

UPDATE 1-Iran waives ban on one reformist daily

By Jonathan Lyons


TEHRAN, April 25 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline judiciary has waived a ban
against Sobh-e Emrouz, allowing the popular pro-reform daily to appear on
newsstands on Tuesday.

The newspaper, whose publisher Saeed Hajjarian was gravely wounded in an
assassination attempt last month, was ordered closed late on Monday
afternoon, journalists told Reuters.

But that ban was countermanded by the chief of the Tehran justice department
just before midnight, allowing the newspaper to publish, they said.

The newspaper's banner headline blamed Iran's ``power-hungry mafia'' for the
press crisis, a shot at the conservative clerical establishment which
controls the judiciary and many other levers of power.

Thirteen other reformist newspapers and journals, however, remained closed
indefinitely.

MUTED REACTION TO BAN

The blanket ban on most reformist newspapers has so far drawn muted reaction.
The leading pro-reform coalition, which has close ties to President Mohammad
Khatami, appealed for calm.

Several thousand students, however, rallied peacefully outside their hostels
in the early hours of Tuesday, witnesses said. Two other protests were set
for later in the day.

But the judiciary's move has so far sparked nothing like the anger that
greeted the closure last July of Salam, at the time the leading reformist
voice.

A rally on July 8-9 in support of Salam at the Tehran University dormitories
was violently suppressed by police and hardline vigilantes, touching off the
worse civil unrest since the aftermath of the Islamic revolution.

The state news agency IRNA said on Monday the publications were banned
without trial for printing material that ``disparaged Islam and the religious
elements of the Islamic revolution.''

``The justice department said the tone of material in those papers had
brought smiles to the faces of the enemies of the Islamic Republic and hurt
the feelings of devout Moslems at home and even the leader of the Islamic
revolution,'' IRNA reported.

Last week, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said some reformist
newspapers had been turned into ``bases of the enemy,'' remarks widely seen
here as heralding a campaign against the independent press.

President Mohammad Khatami, himself a former newspaperman, has encouraged a
free press as a key part of his campaign for a civil society within Iran's
Islamic system. On Saturday he reaffirmed his support for reform.

Many of his key supporters edit or publish newspapers, including Hajjarian,
who was the leading strategist of the reform movement.

The trial of his alleged attackers opened in Tehran's Revolutionary Court on
Tuesday.

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 02:35:09 EDT
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: IRAN OFFERS TO PROVIDE S ARABIA INDUSTRIAL NEEDS

04/24/2000 Asia Pulse
IRAN OFFERS TO PROVIDE S ARABIA INDUSTRIAL NEEDS
Mon Apr 24 21:20:08 2000


IRAN OFFERS TO PROVIDE S ARABIA INDUSTRIAL NEEDS

04/24/2000 Asia Pulse
(c) Copyright 2000 Asia Pulse PTE Ltd.


TEHRAN, April 24 Asia Pulse - The head of Iran 's Chamber of Commerce,
Industry and Mines (ICCIM) Ali Naqi Khamoushi said in Jeddah on Sunday that
Saudi Arabia can, by providing capital investments to Iran 's industrial
firms, which face fincancial problems, use their excess production capacity
and manpower capabilties to produce its industrial needs.


Khamoushi, who is leading a 20-member delegation, told the head of the
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Ahmad Mohammad Ali that Iran 's major excess
capacity was in production of tyres, tubes and vehicle spare parts.


He further added, a financial company set up with IDB's capital could finance
needs of the private sector in Muslim countries.


Mohammad Ali welcomed Khamoushi's proposal for participation of one of Iran
's consultancy and service contractors in the IDB sponsored projects.


Khamoushi and his delegation also met the head of the Jeddah Chamber of
Commerce. At the meeting, the two sides called for closer bilateral ties.

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 02:37:30 EDT
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: IRANIAN COUPLE FACING THE BOOT AFFAIR 'REHEARSED'

04/24/2000 The Toronto Sun
IRANIAN COUPLE FACING THE BOOT AFFAIR 'REHEARSED'
Mon Apr 24 21:19:30 2000


IRANIAN COUPLE FACING THE BOOT AFFAIR 'REHEARSED'
BY TOM GODFREY, TORONTO SUN

04/24/2000 The Toronto Sun
Final
Page 33
(c) Copyright 2000 The Toronto Sun


Two refugee applicants who say they will be stoned to death in their native
Iran for having an affair have had their claim rejected by immigration
officials.


The couple, both 31, arrived in Canada from Tehran by plane last year.


They claimed an Islamic Revolutionary Court had sentenced them to death by
stoning in May 1998 for having an illicit fling.


Each had been married to someone else at the time of the romance.


'RING OF TRUTH' LACKING

Their names were not released.
An immigration panel didn't buy the couple's story, concluding the claimants
testified in a "rehearsed and wooden manner."
"Their testimony did not have a ring of truth," panel members Zulie Sachedina
and Barbara Hodgins said in their ruling.

"Their interaction didn't have the hallmarks of an intimate relationship."

The couple will be deported to Tehran as soon as travel arrangements can be
made.

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