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There are 21 messages totalling 1225 lines in this issue.

Topics in this special issue:

1. Saudi Arabia and Iran call for ...
2. Iran tells U.S. to Lift Economic Sanctions
3. Iran Courts US Oil Firms
4. Moderates Sweep Seats in Tehran
5. Group Protests Pope's Visit to Iran
6. U.S. Defense Chief Visits United Arab Emirates
7. Gulf to Get Missile Intelligence
8. Lari: What People Voted For Is Acceptable
9. MPs Comment On Arrest Of Kadivar
10. Interior Ministry Gives Clarification On Election
11. Iran-Saudi Oil Policy
12. Khatami, Abdullah Talk on Oil Over Phone
13. Monday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran
14. Islamic Human Rights Commission on Kadivar's Case
15. Over 1.4m Voted in Tehran Council Elections
16. 18 Women Elected to City Councils in Khorasan Prov
17. irna: two police officers killed in armed clash with assailants
18. Japan eyes resuming loans to Iran: report
19. US offers to share missile early warning data with Gulf states
20. Saudi crown prince, Iran's president hold talks after oil accord
21. Iran reformers score another big win, sweep Tehran elections

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:31:42 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Saudi Arabia and Iran call for ...

Saudi Arabia and Iran call for elimination of oil surplus
=========================================================


BBC World: Middle East
Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 03:13 GMT


The authorities in Saudi Arabia and Iran have called for the
elimination of oil production surpluses to improve oil prices.

The call, reported by the Saudi press agency, came after a
meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, between the Iranian oil
minister, Bijan Namdar Zanqaneh, and his Saudi opposite number
Ali Naimi.

In two weeks, the oil producers cartel, OPEC, is due hold
ministerial level talks about plummeting oil prices. The Saudis
have accused Iran of exceeding its oil production quota, while
Iran says the main cuts should be borne by Saudia Arabia, which
has increased production since the sale of Iraqi oil was
drastically reduced by international sanctions.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:31:56 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran tells U.S. to Lift Economic Sanctions

Iran tells U.S. to lift economic sanctions
==========================================


12:04 p.m. Mar 07, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, March 7 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal
Kharrazi urged the United States on Sunday to lift sanctions on
trade and investment with the Islamic republic, saying past
policies have reached a dead end.
``There is no way out for the Americans but to change sanctions
policies. It's time they returned to logic and wisdom, as
present policies mean nothing but losses for American
companies,'' Kharrazi told a news conference.

``The reality today is that Europe is ready to violate
unilateral U.S. sanctions and American companies are keen on
participating in Iranian deals,'' he added.

His comments came after Iran's $1 billion oil deal with European
oil giants ENI and Elf Aquitaine, signed on March 1, to develop
an offshore oil field here in defiance of American sanctions,
which went into effect in August 1997.

The law, which followed a unilateral economic embargo imposed on
Iran by the United States in June 1995, seeks to penalize
non-American companies which invest more than $20 billion in
Iran's energy sector.

But Washington has in the past hesitated to enforce such
penalties, fearing possible economic war with European partners.

The U.S. government has also come under pressure from its own
companies, mainly oil firms, to revise its Iran policy.

Kharrazi said American firms would be welcome to bid for future
oil and gas projects offered by his country.

``We welcome all foreign firms and there is no ban against
American companies,'' he said.

Iran, a major player in the Organisation of the Pe
troleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC), wants to attract Western funds and
technology to help exploration and rejuvenate ageing fields.

The country owns the second largest gas reserves in the world
after Russia, many of which are untapped.

Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:32:04 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Courts US Oil Firms

Iran courts US oil firms
========================


BBC World: Middle East
Monday, March 8, 1999 Published at 03:03 GMT


By BBC Iranian Affairs Reporter Sadeq Saba
Iran has stepped up pressure for an end to United States
sanctions by inviting American companies to take part in
developing its huge oil and gas industry.

The Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said they were
welcome to bid for future projects.

The United States passed a law in 1996 under which harsh
measures can be imposed against any foreign company investing
more than $20m dollars in the Iranian oil sector.

But last week, two European oil companies signed a deal with
Iran despite Washington's threat of sanctions.

Iran is fully aware that the American oil companies are not
happy with their government's current policy on investment in
the Iranian oil industry.

Only a few days ago a top American oil executive warned Congress
that American firms could not compete on equal terms with
companies from Europe.

It is perhaps for this reason that Iranian Foreign Minister
Kamal Kharrazi said the American sanctions were only hurting US
business interests.

He announced that there was no obstacle from Iran to American
companies participating in oil development projects there.

European deals

Mr Kharrazi said the large oil deal with two French and Italian
companies last week, and other recent agreements with European
firms, have weakened American sanctions against Iran.

He called on the US to come to terms with reality and change
what he called its hostile and fruitless policy.

Mr Kharrazi hopes that the invitation to American companies to
invest in Iran will put more pressure on Washington to review
its sanctions.

The statement comes on the eve of a visit to Italy by the
Iranian reformist President Mohammad Khatami which can be seen
as a reminder to American companies that they are losing
business to their European competitors in the huge Iranian
market.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:32:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Moderates Sweep Seats in Tehran

Moderates Sweep Seats in Tehran
===============================


Monday, March 8, 1999; 5:51 a.m. EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Moderate candidates supporting Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami have won 13 of the 15 seats on
Tehran's city council in Iran's first municipal elections since
1979, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported today.

Former Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri, who was ousted from the
Cabinet last year by hard-liners in Parliament, topped the list
with almost 600,000 votes.

Nouri was a victim of the power struggle in Iran's ruling clergy
between conservative leaders and the liberals supporting
Khatami's policy of greater social, political and cultural
freedom.

The second highest vote winner in the Tehran council was Saeed
Hajjarian Kashani, a former adviser to Khatami, followed by
Jamileh Kadivar, sister of Mohsen Kadivar, a reformist religious
scholar and writer who was arrested earlier this month for
allegedly inciting unrest.

The results are an endorsement of Khatami's policies and an
indication that the hard-liners have little popular support.

Including the Tehran posts, 200,000 council seats were at stake
nationwide in villages, towns and cities. About 330,000
candidates contested and Khatami's supporters have led the polls
in many places, according to partial results.

It is not know when the final results will be available.

Many of the seats have reportedly been won by women. Khatami,
who received overwhelming support from women voters to win
office in 1997, has encouraged women to play a bigger role in
politics.


Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:32:40 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Group Protests Pope's Visit to Iran

Group Protests Pope's Visit to Iran
===================================


Sunday, March 7, 1999; 10:17 p.m. EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Italian police on Sunday asked a small
group of protesters in St. Peter's Square to lower a banner that
asked Pope John Paul II not to meet with Iran's president this
week.

President Mohammad Khatami will meet with the pope on Thursday
during the first trip to the West by an Iranian president since
the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The Italian news agency ANSA reported that about a dozen members
of an Iranian resistance group held up the banner as part of a
peaceful protest during the pope's weekly appearance from his
studio window overlooking the square.



Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:33:00 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: U.S. Defense Chief Visits United Arab Emirates

U.S. Defense Chief Visits United Arab Emirates
==============================================

By Charles Aldinger
Monday March 8 3:13 AM ET
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Defense Secretary William Cohen began
talks with the president of the United Arab Emirates Monday,
midway through a visit to the Gulf and Middle East to discuss
potential threats from Iraq and Iran and military security
cooperation.

Cohen flew to Abu Dhabi from Oman and went directly to President
Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan al-Nahayan's palace for talks that U.S.
officials said would include the previously announced sale of $8
billion worth of U.S. warplanes and missiles to Washington's
wealthy Gulf Arab ally.

The UAE, comprising seven small Gulf emirates, announced last
year that they would buy 80 advanced U.S. F-16 warplanes built
by Lockheed Martin Corp (NYSE:LMT - news) for some $6 billion.

The Pentagon said later that the United States would also sell
thsell
the UAE $2 billion of air-to-air weapons, including advanced
medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAMs) for the planes.

U.S. officials told reporters travelling with Cohen that the
deal was virtually completed, but that talks were still going on
about the electronic package to be provided with the F-16s.

Other than Israel, the UAE had previously been the only state in
the Gulf and Middle East to receive AMRAAMs. But Cohen at the
weekend promised to sell the missiles to both Bahrain and Saudi
Arabia for defense against possible threats from Iraq and Iran.

Cohen, on a grueling nine-nation swing through the Gulf and
Middle East, will later visit Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt and
Israel before flying back to Washington Friday.

He was also scheduled to hold talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zaid al-Nahayan later Monday before flying to
Qatar Tuesday.

During earlier stops in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman, Cohen
has been stressing to government leaders that the United States
and Britain will continue to attack air defense targets in the
no-fly zones of northern and southern Iraq as long as Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein's military fires at their patrolling
jets.

U.S. and British warplanes based in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and
on an aircraft carrier in the Gulf have been pounding Iraqi
targets in the southern no-fly zone since December, increasing
the intensity of their attacks in recent weeks in response to
challenges from Iraqi air defenses.

Similar attacks by U.S. and British jets based in Turkey have
also increased in Iraq's northern no-fly zone.

In Riyadh Sunday, Cohen and Defense Minister Prince Sultan
agreed to set up joint committees to study increasing joint army
exercises in the kingdom and to work on providing defenses
against the growing threat of chemical and biological weapons.

In Jordan, Egypt and Israel, Cohen will discuss bilateral
military ties and the deadlocked Middle East peace process.

Under a peace deal agreed last year, Israel was to have
completed a phased handover of 13 percent more of the West Bank
by late January in return for a Palestinian crackdown on
militants and other security measures.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu froze the accord in
December, accusing the Palestinians of failing to meet their
commitments.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:32:36 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Gulf to Get Missile Intelligence

Gulf to Get Missile Intelligence
================================


By John Diamond
Associated Press Writer
Monday, March 8, 1999; 6:58 a.m. EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Pentagon is offering
Persian Gulf states immediate access to intelligence on Iraqi
and Iranian missile launches, Defense Secretary William Cohen
said today.

Making the fourth stop in a six-nation tour of the Persian Gulf
region, Cohen said the Pentagon is prepared to set up computer
terminals in friendly Gulf states to provide real-time
intelligence on missile launches. The information would be
collected by U.S. spy satellites with infrared sensors that can
detect the heat plume of a missile launch.

The satellites send the information to ground stations which
instantly rely an alert to remote terminals.

``We would do this with all of the Gulf states to have a direct
link between what our sensors are able to pick up and to
communicate that to the Gulf,'' Cohen said after a 90-minute
meeting with Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, president of
this oil-rich nation.

``We think it's beneficial to all of the states and we're
hopeful that each state will see it as being in its interest to
have the information,'' Cohen said.

U.S. officials described the proposal as intelligence sharing on
test launches, although they did not exclude the possibility
that the equipment could be use to convey warnings of missile
attacks.

Both Iraq and Iran are developing missiles capable of striking
their Gulf neighbors. Iran in particular is seen by U.S.
intelligence as aggressively modernizing its missile force and
seeking the ability to develop a medium-range missile
capability.

As has been the case in all of Cohen's stops so far -- in
Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman -- UAE officials made no public
statements to reporters after meeting with the U.S. defense
chief.

And as is the case elsewhere, UAE officials are sensitive to
criticism from Islamic sects of close ties to the United States.
UAE officials said reporters traveling with Cohen would not be
allowed to accompany the secretary to Al Dhafra Air Base, where
the Air Force operates KC-10 refueling planes. The KC-10s are
involved in sustaining U.S. warplanes covering the southern
no-flight zone over Iraq.

Among Gulf states friendly to the United States, the UAE is
probably least supportive of the U.S. hard line toward Iraq.

The United Arab Emirates is less concerned about Iraq than about
its neighbor across the Strait of Hormuz, Iran. The two Muslim
nations are involved in a bitter dispute over control of the
Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, strategically crucial
islands that lie athwart the western approach to the strait.

``We discussed the threat that Iran poses in terms of its
foreign policy support for acts of terrorism and the acquisition
of weapons of mass destruction,'' Cohen said.

Sheik Zayed led a move by Gulf states to publicly criticize Iran
for a recent massive naval exercise conducted in part to
demonstrate control of the islands.

The UAE is also negotiating with the United States for an
enormous military purchase that would include as many as 80 F-16
warplanes and accompanying missiles and radar systems.

If the deal goes through the planes, built by Lockheed Martin
Corp. in Fort Worth, Texas, would be delivered beginning in 2004
at the earliest, a senior defense official said.



Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:33:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Lari: What People Voted For Is Acceptable

Lari: What People Voted For Is Acceptable
=========================================


thr 032
elections-lari
lari: what people voted for is acceptable
tehran, march 8, irna -- minister of interior abdolvahed mousavi
lari said here monday that what the people gave vote for is
acceptable.
addressing governors general of provinces throughout the country,
he said that before holding council elections, certain people thought
that the holding elections would be problematic. however, the
elections were held in a calm atmosphere, he added.
the council elections met the least problems compared to other
pollings held following the victory of the islamic revolution in
iran, lari said.
the interior minister further stressed that the elections served
to strengthen the public opinion and make social factionalism
undergo some changes.
the councils are considered as a backing for the country's
executive management, he said adding that the officials are duty-
bound to honor the people's votes.
the procedural regulations of the councils have been drawn up to
egulations of the councils have been drawn up to egulations of the
councils have been drawn up to egulations of the councils have been
drawn up to
be presented to the cabinet ministers, he said.
fs/rr
end
::irna 08/03/99 14:06

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:33:46 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: MPs Comment On Arrest Of Kadivar

MPs Comment On Arrest Of Kadivar
================================


thr 028
kadivar-mps-interview
mps comment on arrest of kadivar
tehran, march 8, irna -- two members of parliament belonging to two
major political factions in the majlis commented on the recent
arrest of islamic scholar hojjatoleslam mohsen kadivar.
in an interview with the english daily 'iran news' published
monday, qodratollah nazarinia, a leftist mp said that the special
court for the clergy (scc) has not yet provided a satisfactory
response to the question of why kadivar was arrested.
the public believes that he was arrested because of the speeches
he made during the course of the last few months, he added.
according to the constitution, no one should be arrested for
expressing his opinion, he said maintaining that if there are any
additional charges pending against kadivar, the scc must notify the
public of their nature.
nazarinia noted that the scc was established during the time
of the late imam to deal with those in the clergy who abused their
religious authority and behaved contrary to religious norms and added
that the court must now provide the public with satisfactory
explanations regarding the reason for the arrest of a cleric who has
only expressed his opinion.
therefore, arresting anyone for expressing an opinion is not
right, he maintained pointing out ''only people who, if left free, may
wipe out the evidence against them should be detained,'' implying
that since kadivar has made public statements he cannot wipe out the
record and therefore should not have been detained.
he concluded by saying, ''i have, myself, some reservations
about some of kadivar's statements and believe that they should be
looked into.''

hojjatoleslam ali moalemi an mp from qaemshahr and savadkooh in
mazandaran province who belongs to the right faction of the majlis
told the daily that he is suspicious about the support of certain
groups for kadivar.
dozens of people are arrested every day but there are never any
complaints because they are ordinary citizens, he maintained adding
''the reaction to the detention of kadivar is politically motivated,
it may not even have anything to do with the actual nature of charges
brought against him.''
he however said that in response to public demand, ''the scc must
provide proper explanations as to the reason for kadivar's arrest.''
he said that both the press and the people have the right to
demand from the judiciary to explain why someone has been arrested and
and how his case is progressing.
moalemi said he was sure that the judicial system will not
arrest and try a citizen for his thoughts and theories, adding ''i
believe new thinking should be discussed in our society, but the
discussions must take place within the framework of the system and
the constitution which reflect the ideas of imam khomeini and the
principles of pure mohammadan islam.''
he maintained that kadivar was not putting forward new ideas.
''he went beyond the boundaries of just expressing new thoughts.
imam khomeini consistently urged the peoplistently urged the people to
follow the valiy-e
faqih, but kadivar in a conference that was supposed to be
scientific brought the concept of velayat-e faqih under question
which undermines the constitution. this cannot be tolerated.''
fh/ks
end
::irna 08/03/99 13:43

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:33:52 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Interior Ministry Gives Clarification On Election

Interior Ministry Gives Clarification On Election
=================================================


thr 027
councils-elections-votes
interior ministry gives clarification on total number of votes
tehran, march 8, irna -- the interior ministry monday announced that
a total of 1,408,275 votes were cast in the islamic village-city
councils election in tehran.
however, the valid ballots, namely those bearing names of the
candidates amounted to 1,403,389, said an announcement by the
ministry's public relations office.
it further added that in vote counting, the basis is the total
number of votes cast.
ns/ks
end
::irna 08/03/99 13:17

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:34:12 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran-Saudi Oil Policy

Iran-Saudi Oil Policy
=====================


thr 026
president-abdullah-2 tehran
bilateral relations.
iranian oil minister bijan namdar zanganeh and his saudi
counterpart ali naimi agreed in riyadh on sunday that in order to
raise prices, the market's surplus must be eliminated.
"there is a surplus in supply of oil, and it is necessary to get
rid of this surplus in order for oil prices to improve," the two
ministers agreed, according to the saudi press agency.
immediately after the agreement, oil prices rose to an eight
week high on monday.
the talks between the iranian and saudi ministers came two weeks
before an scheduled ministerial meeting of the organization of
petroleum exporting countries (opec).
the saudi agency also said that the two ministers had agreed to
continue discussions between themselves, and among opec members and
non-members, to take a united and positive decision during the next
opec meeting this month. ks/ks
end
::irna 08/03/99 13:13

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:34:02 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Khatami, Abdullah Talk on Oil Over Phone

Khatami, Abdullah Talk on Oil Over Phone
========================================


thr 025
president-abdullah
president khatami, prince abdullah talk oil over phone
tehran, march 8, irna -- president mohammad khatami sunday night
expressed the hope that all opec members will pay greater attention
to the risks of the sudden oil price slump in order to use such a
god-given blessing for further development of their countries.
speaking to the saudi crown prince abdullah over telephone, the
president termed as positive the recent negotiations of ministers of
foreign affairs and oil of iran and saudi arabia in riyadh.
the president also underlined the firm determination of the
islamic republic of iran for the expansion and consolidation of
fraternal relations between the two countries.
in reply prince abdullah pointed to the agreements reached between
the oil ministers of the two countries and hoped that oil prices will
improve in future.
the saudi crown prince renewed his invitation to president
khatami for a visit to saudi arabia and hajj pilgrimage and called
for expansion and consolidation of bilateral relations.
ns/ks
more
::irna 08/03/99 12:55

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:35:32 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Monday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran

Monday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran
====================================


thr 003
headlines-press
monday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, march 8, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this morning:

iran news:
-president says iran and pakistan should work together for peace
in afghanistan
-kharrazi: u.s. administration should come to sense, lift
sanctions
-france welcomes tehran's open policy under khatami
-public believes kadivar's arrest is political, nazarinia
-al-ahram al-arabi report on iran-egypt talks rejected
-arab leaders, kharrazi to bahrain after death of ''people's
monarch''
-cypriot fm: iran-turkey ties can help resolve cyprus issue

kayhan international:
-u.s. should come to its sense, lift sanctions - kharrazi
-king fahd reaffirms support for u.s.
-nateq nouri tells pak counterpart: two parliaments can leave
positive impact on bilateral ties
-khatami leaves for rome tomorrow
-iran will help establish world peace
-tehran-karaj electric train inaugurated

tehran times:
-iran's new efforts to save sagging oil prices
-u.s. companies can invest in iran if sanctions are lifted
-serious differences surface among protest rally organizers
-khordad coalition candidates win tehran constituency seats
-israel detains 50 members of left-wing plo faction
-iraq says cohen persian gulf tour will fail

iran daily:
-mp demands curbs on economic council
-president urges completion of tehran metro
-fm pays tribute to late emir
-kharrazi meets oic's laraki
-dini: europe must understand, respect others
-u.s. sanctions against iran deadlocked
-saudi arabia to buy amraam missiles
-president to leave for italy tomorrow; magnificent political
reception in rome
-president inaugurates tehran-karaj electric train
-12,000 iranian hajj pilgrims arrive in medina
-kharrazi: no impediment hindering participation of u.s. firms
in iranian oil projects
-islamic human rights commission protests against special clergy
court on kadivar's case

jomhuri eslami:
-president sends message to women congress: we all owe to
religion, revolution which evaluate people according to their virtue
not gender
-president inaugurates tehran-karaj electric train
-belarus president: u.s. trying to disturb peace in caspian,
caucasus region
-industries ministry calls for change in exports regulations
-500 turkish teachers wearing hijab dismissed from work

salam:
-president inaugurates tehran-karaj
electric train, says care
for metropolitan tehran is vitally important
-italian academic, political figures warmly welcome president
khatami's upcoming visit to italy
-hojato
-hojatoleslam kadivar introduces his lawyers to special clergy
court
-french foreign minister urges continuation of iraqi sanctions
-ceremonies to mark death anniversary of hojatoleslam ahmad
khomeini on thursday

abrar:
-tehran-karaj passengers to travel by electric train
-tehran city council members elected, consultations begin for
appointment of tehran mayor
-inflation rate higher than rise in salaries; government
employees to lose more
-country's economy sacrificed for factional policies
-deputy culture, islamic guidance ministry says bill on iranian
cinema to be submitted to majlis next year

hamshahri:
-final elections result announced for tehran city councils
-president meets pakistani parliament speaker, says islamabad
government must confront withays islamabad
government must confront with agents involved in murder of iranians
-president inaugurates tehran-karaj electric train, appreciates
efforts of tehran municipality
-`esfand' park to be inaugurated in downtown tehran today
-inflation rate dropped last month

akhbar:
-islamic human rights commission protests, regrets hojatoleslam
kadivar's detention
-kharrazi: u.s. must change policy towards iran
-president inaugurating tehran-karaj electric train: iranians
proudly treading path of freedom
-educational system to be administered by councils
-iranian cinema a powerful cultural cinema

kar va kargar:
-rome ready to welcome khatami; president to leave for italy
tomorrow
-international labor experts to visit iran
-kharrazi: u.s. firms can participate in iranian oil, gas
projects
-u.s.-britain talks fail, banana war escalates
-culture, higher education minister: historical, social
shortcomings on women must be compensated

qods:
-inflation rate 24 pc, rise in salaries 11.5 pc; plan and budget
organization acted against law
-president inaugurates tehran-karaj electric train
-rome ready to welcome iranian president
-pakistani parliament speaker meets counterpart, president
-over 12,000 iranian hajj pilgrims arrive in medina

khordad:
-khatami to launch dialogue of civilizations from rome
-students stage rally at tehran, sharif universities
-kadivar introduces his lawyers to court
-italian history lecturer: khatami, most suitable person to
present a new image of islam, iran to world
-islamic human rights commission protests against performance of
special clergy court

tose'eh:
-khatami at inauguration of tehran-k
-khatami at inauguration of tehran-karaj electric train: tehran
turned from a 'fatal' city to a place 'suitable for living'
-special clergy court not to give response to islamic human
rights commission
-kharrazi: iran's sanctions policy had no benefit for u.s. oil
companies
-ocalan supporters attack two trains in turkey

afarinesh:
-khatami to arrive in rome tomorrow
-william cohen: u.s. missiles targeting saddam
-president inaugurating tehran-karaj electric train: great tasks
can be accomplished by flourishment of iranian talents
-fifa news: iran best (improving) world soccer team in 1998

neshat:
-expert assembly member: performance of special clergy court
must be studied
-italian foreign minister says on eve of khatami's visit to
rome: iran coming out of isolation
-world honors women's day
-kadivar names three lawyers from prison
-student demonstration cancelled; ansa -student demonstration
cancelled; ansar-e hezbollah, students
clash at tehran university

jahan-e-eslam:
-khatami inaugurates tehran-karaj electric train: great tasks to
be accomplished with flourishment of iranian talents
-mohsen kadivar names lawyers
-sporadic clashes around tehran university
-faezeh hashemi comments on temporary marriage
-a day's visit of a single tourist to iran equals value of 10
barrels of oil

sobh-e emrouz:
-experts, political circles evaluate performance of special clergy
court
-kadivar introduces his lawyers
-students detained at tehran university
-movahedi savoji: no major infringement reported in councils
elections
-president inaugurating tehran-karaj electric train: investment
for welfare of people is beneficial

khabar:
-new bahraini emir says he will administer country according to
his father's wish
-khatami: metro project, a matter of pride for country
-first phase of yazd thermal-solar power plant goes on stream
-president to leave for italy tomorrow
-syndicate of teachers union of turkey protests against
expulsion of 500 teachers wearing hijab

arya:
-mohsen kadivar says in absence of his lawyers he will not
attend any court
-metro finally put into operation
-islamic human rights commission says special clergy court not
responsive
-`red lines' in cinema to be institutionalized
-rah-chamani (member of elections monitoring board): tehran
elections will certainly be approved

monday afternoon's newspaper headlines


tehran, march 8, irna -- the following headlines appeared in tehran's
newspapers this afternoon:

kayhan:
- powerful iran could be considered as an axle of unity in
caucasian region in face of u.s, nato movements
- final results of tehran city councilsults of tehran city council
elections announced
- news networks call death of bahraini amir as mysterious
- 4th demise anniversary of ahmad khomeini to be held on thursday

resalat:
- kharrazi: us should change its sanction policy against iran
- country's cinematic policies for year 1378 announced
mm/rr
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::irna 08/03/99 18:06

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:36:08 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Islamic Human Rights Commission on Kadivar's Case

Islamic Human Rights Commission on Kadivar's Case
=================================================


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ihrc-kadivar-statement
islamic human rights commission on kadivar's case
tehran, march 8, irna -- the islamic human rigrch 8, irna -- the islamic
human rights commission said
here sunday that it has received no response yet from the special
court for the clergy on mohsen kadivar's case despite two times of
correspondence with the court.
the commission said in a statement that nobody in the court
assumed responsibility to answer to the commission, adding that
contrary to the current procedures which allow the representatives
of the commission to meet detainees in any commission to meet detainees
in any desired jail throughout
the country to determine the authenticity of the received reports in
order to defend the legitimate rights of the defendant, the
management of the evin prison, upon orders of the special court for
the clergy, has so far refused to grant the commission permission to
meet with kadivar.
it further declared to the public that no ways were available for
it to evaluate the validity of the received reports on the legal
rights of the accused person and also the concerns expressed to this
human rights body over the case.
the statement further stressed that it had conveyed its protest
and regret to both the scc and the senior officials, adding that it
will continue efforts to follow up the case according to the
regulations.
the commission also expressed hope in its statement that the
existing concerns will be overcome through cooperation of all
responsible organizations and their practical commitment to further
observe the rights of the citizens and that grounds will be
prepared for establishment of justice in society which is a public
demand.
vd/ks
end
::irna 08/03/99 10:09

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:36:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Over 1.4m Voted in Tehran Council Elections

Over 1.4m Voted in Tehran Council Elections
===========================================


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councils-elections-tehran
over 1.4m voted in tehran council elections
tehran, march 8, irna -- names of the permanent and substitute
members of tehran's city council were announced monday.
according to a report by elections headquarters, names of 15
permanent and 6 substitute members of tehran's city council were
determined after counting of 1,403,389 votes cast in 2,663 balloting
centers in tehran was concluded. the names of the permanent
members are as follows:
1.abdoallah nouri 588633
2.saeed hajjarian kashani 386069
3.jamileh kadivar 369662
4.fatemeh jalaii pour 350173
5.mohammad ebrahim asgharzadeh 347173
6.mohammad atrianfar 322897
7.ahmad hakimipour 304460
8.mohammad hossein doroudian 279946
9.seyyed mahmood alizadeh tabatabaii 260462
10.morteza lotfi 224867
11.rahmatollah khosravi 220021
12.gholamreza forouzesh 215520
13.seddiqeh vasmaqi 210303
14.abbas doozdoozani 200521
15.seyyed mohammad gharazi 192211
the substitute members are:
1.davood soleimani 190772
2.mohammad hossein haqiqi 176566
3.hassan abedini 176289
4.seyyed mansour razavi 167288
5.yahya al-e eshaq 165217
6.mohammad kazem seifian 152106
vd/ks
end
::irna 08/03/99 10:48

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:36:30 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: 18 Women Elected to City Councils in Khorasan Prov

18 Women Elected to City Councils in Khorasan Prov.
===================================================


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elections-khorasan-women
18 women elected to city councils in khorasan prov.
mashhad, khorasan prov., march 8, irna -- some 18 members of the
islamic councils elected in 15 cities of this northeastern province
are women, it was announced here monday.
ali karami, the secretary of the provincial council elections
headquarters praised the active participation of women in the
elections held throughout the province.
among women elected in khorasan province, two hold ph.d., five
master's and nine bachelor degrees, he told irna.
319 people have been elected to city and village councils in
59 cities throughout the province, karami added.
fs/rr
end
::irna 08/03/99 14:15

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 21:12:56 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: irna: two police officers killed in armed clash with assailants

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clash-evin
two police officers killed in armed clash with assailants
tehran, march 7, irna -- two law enforcement personnel were killed an
two others injured in an armed clash with three assailants in evin
district, northern tehran, friday afternoon, the morning daily `iran'
reported sunday.
the three assailants were arrested by the evin police force with
the help of a number of passers-by.
one of the injured law enforcement personnel and two wounded
assailants were taken to `taleqani' hospital for treatment. an
official at the hospital later announced that the injured were not in
satisfactory condition.
the daily quoted an eyewitness as saying that on friday
afternoon and simultaneously with the opening of the spring carpet
exhibition, special law enforcement groups went on patrol missions
to maintain security in nearby streets.
one of the patrol teams noted three suspicious young men walking
along evin street and, therefore, stopped them for a brief questioning
and later demanded them to get on the police car for interrogation at
evin police station.
while the car was on its way towards the police station one of
the young assailants in the rear seat pulled out a pistol hidden
under his jacket and shot the driver, warrant officer nasser arab
ahmadi, from behind. he was immediately killed.
at this moment lieutenant abbas taleshi who had turned from the
rear seat to seize the pistol was also shot dead in his chest.
meanwhile, abbasi, a private sitting in the rear seat, clashed
with the assailants but was injured and the assailant who was later
arrested and introduced himself as davoud zaak, managed to throw
himself out of the car and stopped another car at gun point to escape
the scene.
hearing the shooting, another patrol group and a number of
passers-by rushed to the scene of the incident and clashed with the
other two assailants, identified as amir reza hadi and akbar morad
khani, who were attempting to run away. the two were injured by the
law enforcement personnel.
according to the daily the three assailants, aged between 22 to
26, were interrogated by the officers at the hospital.
zaak, the assassin, said he lived alone and had no residence in
tehran as he had just arrived in the city. he also claimed that he
did not know his two accomplices.
the three assailants were then transferred to the law enforcement
department of northern tehran for further investigation over their
identity and the motive behind the criminal act, the daily iran said.
ns/ks
more
::irna 07/03/99 11:41

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clash-evin ... 2 - tehran
iran said.
meanwhile, another morning daily 'zan' sunday reported that its
photographer who accompanied a reporter to take pictures of the
incident, was seriously beaten by policemen and threatened by deputy
chief of evin police station of being imprisoned.
it said after being taken to the yard of the police station, the
photographer was beaten by three policemen and despite repeatedly
saying that he was the photographer of `zan' newspaper, he was slapped
in the face by the deputy police station who also threatened him to be
taken to the evin prison.
however, the photographer was released after an hour of "illegal
detention," the paper said.
ns/ks
end
::irna 07/03/99 11:41

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:14:51 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Japan eyes resuming loans to Iran: report

TOKYO, March 8 (AFP) - Japan has launched negotiations aimed at
resuming low-interest loans to Iran following a six-year-suspension,
a report said Monday.
As a first step, Tokyo is to provide at least 100 billion yen
(820 million dollars) for Tehran to finance the construction of a
hydro-electric power station on the Karun river in Iran's
southwestern provice of Khuzestan, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun said.
It comes as Tehran tries to lure back US oil companies to do
business in the country.
Iran started building the power station in 1993 with Japanese
financial support, but the project is expected to be stalled later
this year because Tokyo froze installments on a soft loan set apart
for it.
"It is not a good idea to let Iran suspend the project," a
foreign ministry official was quoted by the Nihon Keizai as saying.
Bowing to US pressure, Japan has stopped issuing new loans to
Iran since 1993.
Claiming that Tehran is a major sponsor of terrorism, Washington
has urged other nations to put pressure on the country. US
legislation which came into force in 1996 and runs to 2001 bans
major investment in Iran's oil and gas sectors.
Iran stepped up the pressure to end the US embargo with the
surprise announcement Sunday that US oil companies face "no
obstacle" to doing business in the Iranian oil industry.
"There is no obstacle to US oil companies participating in oil
development projects in Iran," Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said
in Tehran.
Kharazi's announcement came just days after a top US oil
executive told the US Congress that the embargo meant US firms could
not compete on equal terms with companies from Europe and
elsewhere.
Despite the sour ties, Japan is still Iran's biggest trading
partner with exports of 709 million dollars and imports of 3.2
billion dollars in 1996. Nine percent of Japan's oil needs come from
Iran.
A foreign ministry official declined to confirm the Nihon Keizai
report, but said Tokyo "is considering seriously" the timing of
resuming loans.
"We have received a request from Iran for our support," the
official said. "But our stance is that we cannot resume loans
without international understanding."
In December, Kharazi failed to persuade Japan to resume loans
when he came here as the first Iranian foreign minister visiting the
country since 1987.
Tokyo resumed high-level talks with Iran in November 1997 after
a seven-month suspension because of a court ruling that implicated
Iranian leaders in the 1992 murder of four Iranian Kurdish
dissidents in Berlin.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:14:50 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: US offers to share missile early warning data with Gulf states

ABU DHABI, March 8 (AFP) - US Defense Secretary William Cohen
offered Monday to share US early warning data on ballistic missile
launches with the Gulf states in response to Iranian missile tests.
Cohen said he made the offer to UAE President Sheikh Zayed ibn
Sultan al-Nahayan during a visit to the capital Abu Dhabi as well as
to the rulers of Oman and Saudi Arabia.
"We would do this with all the Gulf states," he said. "To have a
direct link between what our sensors are able to pick up and then to
communicate that to the Gulf states to keep them apprised of
ballistic missile testing," Cohen told reporters.
"We hope that each state will see it in its interest to have
that information," he said.
It would involve downlinking data on launches detected by US
satellites to terminals in the Gulf countries.
Iran last year tested its Shehab III medium range missile, the
latest in a series of ballistic missiles being developed by Tehran.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:14:56 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Saudi crown prince, Iran's president hold talks after oil accord

RIYADH, March 8 (AFP) - Saudi Crown Prince Abdallah ibn Abdel
Aziz has held talks with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, after
their countries agreed to combat the collapse in oil prices, the
official news agency SPA announced.
It said they discussed "bilateral and regional ties" in a
telephone call late Sunday, but gave no details.
The two Gulf states' oil ministers agreed in Riyadh the same day
to eliminate the surplus on the international market that has led to
a price collapse, according to SPA.
"Both sides agreed that there is an excess of oil over demand on
the market, and that this must be got rid of in order to improve
prices, which is the aim of the producing and exporting countries,"
it said.
But SPA made no specific mention of output cuts.
Iran's ties with its Gulf Arab neighbours have been strained by
an islands dispute with the United Arab Emirates. Gulf foreign
ministers last week condemned Iranian military exercises near the
three islands.
But Saudi Arabia is to receive its first Iranian presidential
visit later this month when Khatami joins the annual hajj Moslem
pilgrimage.
Iran was on the agenda of talks between Saudi leaders and US
Defence Secretary William Cohen on Sunday.
Saudi Defence Minister Prince Sultan ibn Abdel Aziz told Cohen
he planned to visit Iran on April 17 to seek ways of engaging the
government of Khatami, a moderate cleric, according to US
officials.

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Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 20:14:47 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran reformers score another big win, sweep Tehran elections

TEHRAN, March 8 (AFP) - Reformist supporters of Iranian
President Mohammad Khatami swept all 15 seats on the Tehran
municipal council Monday in another stunning defeat over the Islamic
regime's conservatives.
The victory is a powerful endorsement of the president's reform
agenda on the eve of his historic trip to Italy, the first to a
western European nation by an Iranian head of state since the 1979
Islamic revolution.
Pro-Khatami candidates led by former interior minister Abdollah
Nuri captured all 15 council seats in Tehran, the biggest prize in a
bitterly fought campaign that marked the Islamic republic's
first-ever municipal elections.
Nuri led balloting in the capital, according to final results of
the February 26 polls released Monday by the official news agency
IRNA, after reformers scored major victories around the nation where
votes had already been counted.
Women captured three of the Tehran seats, led by journalist
Jamileh Kadivar, whose husband is culture minister and whose brother
was arrested last month in a case that has outraged students,
intellectuals and other backers of reform.
Reform candidates even won two of the six alternate seats, with
the closest conservative finishing more than 25,000 votes behind the
lowest vote-getter among the 15 reformers elected.
Two of the 15 also had the backing of conservatives but Monday's
results confirm a staggering victory for reformers nationwide, who
won 124 seats on the municipal councils in Iran's 28 provincial
capitals.
Conservatives earned just 44 seats with another 88 going to
independent candidates, according to tallies in the Iranian press.
Some 60 percent of Iran's eligible voters, nearly 25 million out
of 40 million, took part in the balloting according to official
figures.
The decisive victory raises expectations that reformers will
take control of the conservative-dominated parliament in next
spring's parliamentary elections.
It will also put Khatami supporters in mayor's offices
nationwide and one of the first tasks facing the new Tehran council
will be finding a successor to Gholamhossein Karbaschi, the former
Tehran mayor jailed on corruption charges last year.
Karbaschi, who is close to Khatami, was sentenced to two years
in prison and is barred from holding public office while his case is
under appeal.
The popular mayor has repeatedly claimed he was set up by
opponents and the sweeping victory by reformers indicates popular
displeasure with the conservatives' continuing control over Iran's
police and judiciary.
The resounding endorsement of Khatami's reform agenda could not
come at a better time for the president, who begins a high-profile
trip to Italy on Tuesday.
Khatami will meet with Pope John Paul II, Italian President
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema in a visit
certain to give a further boost to Iran's international
credibility.
The trip comes on the heels of a 540 million dollar deal Iran
signed earlier this month with Italian oil firm ENI along with
France's Elf Aquitaine, as Khatami seeks to translate respect abroad
into badly needed dollars at home.
Iran depends on oil revenues for some 80 percent of its hard
currency and has been hard hit by the worldwide slump in crude
prices.
The English-language Iran Daily on Sunday highlighted Khatami's
trip, stressing that fixing the nation's flagging economy, currently
facing a budget shortfall of more than five billion dollars, is
"essentially an exercise in public relations."
It said Khatami should seize the moment to demonstrate the
country's "stability and the viability of the political system."
It urged him to work toward negotiating a large international
line of credit, a task that will be made easier with the resounding
mandate of the Iranian people behind him.

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