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There are 7 messages totalling 254 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Please destroy my Saturday email!
2. Iran condems Israeli reassertion of its sovereignty over Jerusalem
3. Election of five pro-Khatami candidates annulled: newspaper
4. Iran condemns Israeli raids on Lebanon
5. Iran hails Afghan agreement
6. Azeri FM protests Russian arms for Armenia
7. Gulf FMs meet in Riyadh, focus on Iraq, Iran


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 11:48:55 -0500
From: Mehran Sam <mehran_sam@HMS.HARVARD.EDU>
Subject: Please destroy my Saturday email!

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Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 23:18:14 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran condems Israeli reassertion of its sovereignty over Jerusalem

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - Iran strongly condemned Sunday Israel's
reassertion of its eternal sovereignty over Jerusalem and its
refusal to make any concessions over the eastern part of the city.
The Organisation of the Islamic Conference is concerned about
"the expansionist Zionist practices in Jerusalem," Iranian foreign
ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said, quoted by the official
IRNA news agency.
Iran is the current president of the OIC.
Asefi criticised the indecisiveness of the international
community towards Israel.
"The (Israeli) regime has become so brazen as to ridicule
international norms, codes and practices," he said.
He called on the world community and Islamic countries to
"seriously counter such measures."
The Israeli government adopted a resolution Sunday vowing never
to cede any of annexed east Jerusalem to Palestinian control or
allow part of the disputed city to be internationalized.
The resolution followed a declaration by the European Union that
it did not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the city, which under
a 1947 UN resolution is an entity under international supervision,
separate from the state of Israel.


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 23:18:09 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Election of five pro-Khatami candidates annulled: newspaper

TEHRAN, March 15 (AFP) - The election of five moderate
candidates to the Tehran muncipal council, including a leading
supporter of reformist President Mohammad Khatami, has been
annulled, a newspaper reported Monday.
The pro-government newspaper Sobh-e-Emrouz said the election of
Abdollah Nuri, Khatami's former interior minister, and four other
moderate candidates had been thrown out by an election watchdog
body, the Supervision Board, under the control of Iran's
conservative-dominated parliament.
Nuri, one of several Iranian vice presidents, was the top
vote-getter in Tehran in the February 26 municipal elections.
Sobh-e-Emrouz said Nuri, Ahmad Hakimi-Pour and Mohammad
Atrianfar were disqualified because they had not resigned from their
other official posts before standing as candidates.
Candidates in the muncipal polls were required to have given up
their other government posts before running in the elections.
The newspaper said the election of former deputy intelligence
minister Said Hajarian, the director of Sobh-e-Emrouz, was annulled
because of the "ambiguous nature" of his written commitment to the
constitutional principle of Velayat-e-Faqih, or supreme rule by the
country's spiritual guide.
Ebrahim Asgharzadeh, a leader of the hostage-taking of US
diplomats in Tehran, was disqualified because of his judicial record
with a revolutionary court.
The candidacies of Nuri and the four others had already been
under scrutiny ahead of the vote but they were allowed to run by the
interior ministry despite the uncertainty.
An influential conservative MP Ahmad Rasoolinejad called last
week for the impeachment of Interior Minister Abdol-Vahed
Mussavi-Lari over the handling of the polls.
Rasoolinejad, a leading member of the conservative-dominated
parliament, said there had been "thousands of complaints" filed with
election authorities about the February 26 polling.
Khatami supporters swept all 15 of the muncipal council seats at
stake in Tehran and scored impressive wins in the provinces.
The polls were the first municipal elections in Iran since the
1979 Islamic revolution and were seen as a crucial test for
Khatami's democratic reforms.
They have also been considered a key indicator of the relative
popularity of both camps ahead of next year's parliamentary
elections, in which reformers hope to wrest control of parliament
from conservatives.


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 23:18:20 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran condemns Israeli raids on Lebanon

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - The Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday
condemned Israeli raids on southern Lebanon and called on the
international community to intervene.
"The Zionist regime's violation of Lebanese air space and the
bombing of south Lebanese villages are a clear violation of Lebanese
sovereignty," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said,
quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
"The Zionist regime forces the region towards insecurity and
tension," he said, calling on the international community to take
steps against Israel's "inhumane measures."
Some 60 Israeli shells fell on Hadatha village Sunday following
an attack by Shiite Moslem Hezbollah guerrillas on the Israeli
position at Beit Yahoun in the western part of the "security zone"
occupied by the Jewish state, police said.
On Saturday Israeli pilotless reconnaissance planes flew over
the Lebanese town of Baalbek in the Syrian-controlled eastern Bekaa
Israel has stepped up attacks in southern Lebanon following the
death of seven Israelis last month, among them Brigadier General
Erez Gerstein, the highest-ranking Israeli officier killed there
since 1982.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens said Wednesday that the
situation in southern Lebanon was a "powderkeg."
Hezbollah spearheads the campaign to end Israel's 21-year
occupation of southern Lebanon and is responsible for the majority
of anti-Israeli attacks in the security zone.
Israel maintains the zone to prevent cross-border attacks on its
northern territory.


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 23:18:26 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Iran hails Afghan agreement

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - Iran on Sunday hailed the agreement
between Afghanistan's Taliban militia and the opposition northern
alliance to form a coalition government.
Tehran "welcomes the agreements reached between Afghan
factions," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said,
stressing that Iran wants "the formation of a broad-based government
composed of all Afghan ethnic groups."
Iran hopes for an end to the "war and bloodshed" with the
establishment of a ceasefire, he said, quoted by the official news
agency IRNA.
The Taliban, who control about 80 percent of the country, and
the opposition northern alliance agreed to create a government of
unity, swap prisoners-of-war and continue peace talks to forge a
definitive truce, both sides said Sunday.
Taliban and Afghan opposition spokesmen told reporters in
Ashgabad they had agreed to share power in the executive,
legislative and judicial branches of an Afghan government after
three days of UN-sponored talks.
Relations between Iran, which supports the opposition, and the
Taliban have been tense since fighters from the fundamentalist
militia killed eight Iranian diplomats and a journalist last August
while seizing the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif.


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 23:18:35 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Azeri FM protests Russian arms for Armenia

TEHRAN, March 14 (AFP) - Russian arms supplied to Armenia
threaten the stability of the entire region, visiting Azeri Foreign
Minister Tofik Zulfugarov told Iranian officials here Sunday.
"Russia's delivery of modern weapons to Armenia has upset the
balance of power in the region and Baku is dissatisfied with the
situation," he said after talks here with Cooperation Minister
Morteza Haji.
"Baku calls on all regional states to protest the deliveries,"
he said, quoted by the official news agency IRNA.
Tehran for its part is "against turning the region into a
military base for the big powers," Haji said.
Fighting by Armenian-backed rebels in the Azeri province of
Nagorny Karabakh, populated by ethnic Armenians, has left about
20,000 people dead since 1988.
The rebels declared independence in 1991 and also captured
territory outside the enclave to link Karabakh directly to Armenia.
A tenuous ceasefire has been in place since 1994.
Iran fears the fighting could bring outsiders into the region
and is anxious to counter what it sees as increased Azeri dependence
on Washington.
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi on Saturday offered to
mediate in the dispute, saying it "only offered the United States an
excuse for justifying the presence of their forces in the region."
In January an aide to Azeri President Heydar Aliyev suggested
NATO, Turkey or the United States base troops in Azerbaijan to
counter Russian support for Armenia, provoking outrage in Iran.


Date: Mon, 15 Mar 1999 23:18:44 GMT
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Gulf FMs meet in Riyadh, focus on Iraq, Iran

RIYADH, March 14 (AFP) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on
Sunday urged Baghdad to comply with all UN resolutions but also
called for an end to the use of force over the no-fly zones in the
sanctions-hit state.
Speaking at the opening of a Gulf Arab foreign ministers meeting
in Riyadh UAE Foreign Minister Rashid Abdallah called on Iraq to
comply with "all the UN Security Council" resolutions.
"The Iraqi crisis cannot be resolved by the use of force, but
through political and diplomatic means," the foreign minister said,
whose country currently holds the presidency of the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC), which groups together Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
"The latest military developments are not in favour of this
objective, hindering a political solution," he said.
US and British fighter jets have had almost daily run-ins with
Iraqi air defences in northern and southern Iraq since the four-day
Desert Fox bombing campaign in December.
Baghdad has never recognized the air-exclusion zones which were
imposed by the United States and its allies after the 1991 Gulf War
to protect Iraq's Kurdish and Shiite minorities.
Abdallah also condemned "the continued occupation by Iran of Abu
Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb which belong to the UAE," calling
for a peaceful solution to the conflict.
He branded Iranian military maneuvres near the islands as
The Emirates wants the conflict to be resolved in the
International Court of Justice, while Tehran, which has occupied the
islands since 1971, has offered to hold bilateral talks on the
The Riyadh meeting precedes an Arab League ministerial meeting
in Cairo which begins Wednesday. Those talks are expected to focus
on the crisis over Iraq.
The Arab League in January formed a follow-up committee on Iraq
to work at lifting the UN embargo imposed on Iraq in 1990 and which
is due to convene after the Cairo meeting.


End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 14 Mar 1999 to 15 Mar 1999