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There are 4 messages totalling 274 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Femal profesor in Sweden
2. Iran No Obstacle to Mideast Peace, says Italy
3. Human Rights Universal, says Iran's Foreign Minister
4. Khatami Intervenes in Editor's death sentence case


Date: Sun, 1 Mar 1998 21:58:28 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Femal profesor in Sweden

The only female professor at Linkoping Univercity in Sweden i an Iranian.

Nahid Shahrmehiy who is the head of research department at the institute of
computer technology will be the first female professor in Linkoping's

She came to Sweden for about 20 years ago and will be the 84th professor at
that univercity.

Source "Ny teknik" No-9,1998)


Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 00:58:36 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Iran No Obstacle to Mideast Peace, says Italy

Iran No Obstacle to Mideast Peace -Italy's Dini

Reuters 01-MAR-98 By Steve Pagani

TEHRAN, March 1 (Reuters) - Italian Foreign Minister
Lamberto Dini said on Sunday Iran did not represent an
obstacle to the Arab-Israeli peace process and its
sponsorship of ``terrorism'' was a thing of the past.

Dini, speaking to reporters after meeting Iranian Foreign
Minister Kamal Kharrazi and other leaders, said Iran
believed the terms of the peace accords were still
unsatisfactory for the Palestinian people but the Tehran
government had shown signs of moderating its outright

``It would be too much to ask it to embrace this peace
process. But it does not oppose joining others to find
solutions,'' Dini said.

He said there were many reasons for the difficulties in
moving talks between Israelis and Palestinians forward.
``But we cannot say that it is Iran which is an obstacle to
the current impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.''

Dini urged Iran in two hours of talks with Kharrazi to take
a more constructive attitude towards the Middle East talks,
Italian Foreign Ministry sources said.

Israel, which strongly influences thinking in Washington on
the Middle East, has stepped up warnings that Iran is a
greater threat to regional security than Iraq.

But Dini said Iran's support of ``terrorist'' acts and the
training of ``terrorists'' were over.

``I believe substantially this is a thing of the past,'' he
said. ``We have to take into account that Iran has
condemned terrorism.''

Dini was the first EU minister to visit Iran for nearly a
year. EU ministers last week lifted the ban imposed after a
German court ruled in April 1997 that Iran had ordered the
1992 killing of Kurdish dissidents in a Berlin restaurant.

Dini meets President Mohammad Khatami on Monday before
flying to the central city of Isfahan and then on to Rome.

Kharrazi, who later hosted a dinner for the minister, said
he saw a new era of cooperation between the Islamic
republic and the EU, but made no direct mention of the
United States.

Dini expressed doubts whether Iran's rapprochement with
Europe would translate into Washington reconsidering easing
its sanctions against Iran.

``I think it is a bit too early for that,'' he said. But he
welcomed a U.S. announcement last week encouraging
Americans to visit Iran as a ``good development.'' Dini
holds talks with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
in Rome on Friday and Iran is bound to figure on the

Italy and its EU partners oppose a 1996 U.S. law which
seeks to take punitive action against foreign firms that
invest more than $20 million a year in Iran's oil and gas

Dini said the law was a clear obstacle to investment in
Iran and helping an Iranian economy hit by low oil prices.
He said it also affected countries of the Caspian region
looking to develop their oil and gas resources.

Iran is Italy's second biggest source of oil imports,
providing 17 percent of its needs in 1996. Italian
companies also have a long history of activity in Iran, in
particular state energy group ENI.

Dini said he discussed the question of long unresolved
contractual and payment problems involving Italian
companies with Iran's Mines and Metals Minister Eshaq
Jahangiri. But he did not consider those to be a hindrance
to renewed Italian investments in Iran.

Italian oil exploration and distribution unit Agip, which
is part of ENI, is in discussions with French oil group
Elf-Aquitaine to develop the Doroud oil and gas field off
the coast of Iran.

If the deal comes off, projected Italian investment of $40
million in 1999 could make the company ``sanctionable''
under the U.S. Iran-Libya Sanctions Act.

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Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 01:00:02 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Human Rights Universal, says Iran's Foreign Minister

Focus-U.N. Rights Chief Encouraged by Iran's Stand

Reuters 28-FEB-98 By Steven Swindells

TEHRAN, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Mary Robinson, the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Saturday
welcomed as ``very encouraging'' a speech by Iranian
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi on human rights.

Robinson, who spoke to a U.N. seminar on Asia-Pacific human
rights in Tehran, responded to an opening address by
Kharrazi which centred on the universality of h.

``As confirmed in the Vienna Declaration and Programme of
Action adopted in 1993, the promotion and protection of all
human rights is a legitimate concern of the international
community,'' Kharrazi told foreign government and human
rights groups attending the meeting which opened on

``Human rights and their international protection and
promotion, represent one of the noblest goals and
aspirations of humanity in its entirety,'' Kharrazi said.

Kharrazi, foreign minister since August, backed moves for a
``suitable regional apparatus'' to promote human rights
with respect for a ``plurality of beliefs, religions,
traditions, value systems and modes of thinking.''

Former Irish president Robinson, her hair covered by a
scarf in line with Islamic dress code, described Kharrazi's
speech as ``very interesting, thoughtful and very

``And I welcome the emphasis the foreign minister placed on
the importance of civil society for all of us,'' she said.

Robinson later met Kharrazi and Iranian deputy minister for
legal and international affairs Jaav Zarif. A meeting with
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a moderate Shi'ite
cleric who won a landslide election victory in May, is
scheduled for Sunday.

She is expected to raise concerns about rights issues in
Iran during her talks in Tehran this weekend.

Iran has previously rejected U.N. criticism of its rights
record as groundless and politically motivated.

Robinson's visit to Tehran comes two weeks before the
annual U.N. Human Rights Commission, whose 53 member states
sharply criticised Iran last year for continuing violations
including a ``large number of executions'' and cases of

The U.N. special rapporteur (investigator) on human rights
in Iran, Canadian jurist Maurice Copithorne, is expected to
visit Iran in May or June.

Copithorne, in a report to the main U.N. rights body last
year, implicitly rebuked Iran for maintaining a high rate
of death sentences, for persecution of religious
dissidents, for killing of dissenters abroad and pressures
put on the press.

Iran condemned his report as biased and unrealistic. The
U.S. State Department's latest annual human rights report,
issued on January 30, said Iran's rights record remained
``extremely poor'' in 1997.

Iran's top judge on Friday denounced Tehran city officials
politically close to Khatami for alleging that they were
tortured during detention on corruption charges.

Non-governmental groups including human rights group
Amnesty International are attending the three-day

But the New York-based group Human Rights Watch, which had
been initially invited to attend, had a visa rejected for
one of their members who had written a report critical of
Tehran's attitude to human rights, an Iranian newspaper

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Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 01:02:30 -0600
From: Arash Alavi <arash__@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Khatami Intervenes in Editor's death sentence case

Iran president intervenes in editor case - paper

09:11 a.m. Feb 28, 1998 Eastern

TEHRAN, Feb 28 (Reuters) - President Mohammad Khatami has
intervened in the case of an Iranian newspaper editor and
his death sentence for spying could be reviewed, a
newspaper said on Saturday.

Morteza Firoozi, a former editor-in-chief of the
English-language daily Iran News, has been in custody on
spying and adultery charges since May.

``The possibility exists now that charges against Firoozi
will be investigated in an ordinary court. It is said that
the intervention by the president and the head of judiciary
has been influential in this regard,'' the Jameah newspaper

The Persian-language daily, which is seen as pro-Khatami,
gave no source for its report which it ran as an editorial
on its front page.

Earlier in February Iran's Supreme Court ratified a death
sentence passed against Firoozi by a closed court session.

An Iranian newspaper reported in February that Firoozi had
been found guilty of spying for France, Japan and South

``Jameah newspaper supports the re-investigation of
Firoozi's case...Holding an open trial with the presence of
a jury is the demand of the fourth pillar of the Republic
(the press),'' the paper said.

Iran in 1996 passed a law imposing the death sentence for
espionage in a variety of areas not covered by earlier
legislation, such as giving information to foreigners on
the country's social conditions.

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