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There are 25 messages totalling 1331 lines in this issue.

Topics in this special issue:

1. FOCUS-Iran Moderate Mayor Denied Appeal, Faces Jai
2. Court Rejects Former Tehran Mayor's Appeal
3. Iran Court Bans Newspaper Which Quoted Shah's Wido
4. Iran Reformers Brace for Fresh Attacks in New Year
5. Iran to Cut Down Oil Outputs
6. Iran Says Oil Deal Shows U.S. Sanctions Failing
7. Iran to Raise May Oil Export Cut to at Least 12pct
8. State Dept Says U.S. Won't End Libya Oil Sanctions
9. U.S. Bars Yugoslavia Ships from U.S. Ports, Waters
10. Moderate Iran Newspaper Confiscated
11. Banned Iran Paper's Head Slams Court,Conservatives
12. Zan Daily Closed Until Further Notice
13. Revolution Court Bans Zan Dily
14. Urban and Rural Councils to Start Functioning Late
15. Italian Frigate to Arrives in Iranian Waters on Fr
16. S. Korea to Pay dlrs 550 m in Credit to Iran
17. Multipurpose Ship to Join Iran's Shipping Fleet
18. 1.88 pc Rise in Export of Non-Oil Commodities Last
19. Intl. Session on Investment in Petrochemical Indus
20. Pre-Financing Benefits Iran, Crude Buyers, NIOC Of
21. Iran-Daily: Russian FM's Visit to Tehran
22. urkmenistan Ready to Expand Ties with Iran, Turkme
23. Jordan, Iran Review Cooperation in the Area of Wat
24. Iraq to Ask Iran to Hand over Refugees - Paper
25. Wednesday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:41:54 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: FOCUS-Iran Moderate Mayor Denied Appeal, Faces Jai

FOCUS-Iran Moderate Mayor Denied Appeal, Faces Jail
===================================================


10:49 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
By Mehrdad Balali

THERAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Court rejected an
appeal by Tehran's suspended moderate mayor Gholamhossein
Karbaschi, paving the way for his possible imprisonment on graft
charges this week, the judiciary announced on Tuesday.

Karbaschi, 45, a reformer close to President Mohammad Khatami,
has been sentenced to two years in jail, banned from executive
office for 10 years and ordered to pay 1.6 billion rials
($533,000) in fines and restitution.

Appointed Tehran mayor in 1989, he revitalised the ramshackle
and war-hit capital with an effective network of freeways and
built parks, supermarkets and cultural centres.

Many of these were paid for by an informal tax of up to 30
percent of the value of development projects in exchange for
municipal permits. ``Air rights'' for office towers and
apartment buildings were sold at a hefty price.

The ``Karbaschi system'' generated a huge, unregulated cash
flow, and critics have long charged that some of the proceeds
were diverted to personal gain for the mayor and his circle,
while other funds went to back Khatami's election drive.

The daily Iran, published by the official IRNA news agency, had
earlier reported the rejection of the mayor's appeal.

Karbaschi's attorney Bahman Keshavarz told Reuters he was
exploring other channels to keep his client from going to jail.

``We are making another appeal to the supreme court. We hope it
produces some results,'' he said, adding that the supreme court
could decide to throw out the sentence and order retrial, or
even drop the case altogether if it decided it had been
mishandled.

Karbaschi's jailing would be a blow to Khatami's embattled
reformist government which had strongly backed him against the
charges raised by the conservative-led judiciary.

Moderates say the case was an attempt to undermine Khatami's
liberal political and social reforms. The judiciary has
repeatedly denied the charge.

Karbaschi was briefly detained a year ago, but was ordered
released by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after
a public furore and personal appeals from the president.

The latest ruling against Karbaschi is already a reduced version
of a sentence of five years in jail and a ban of 20 years issued
by a court last year. An appeals court in December also
converted a sentence of 60 lashes to a cash fine.

($1- 3,000 rials at official rate).


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:41:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Court Rejects Former Tehran Mayor's Appeal

Court Rejects Former Tehran Mayor's Appeal
==========================================


AP
06-APR-99


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal
by Tehran's former mayor, who was sentenced last year to two
years in jail for corruption, state media reported Tuesday.


The report by Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency did not say
when the ruling was made.

Judiciary spokesman Fotovat Nasiri Savadkouhi said it was now up
to the justice department to carry out the sentence against
Gholamhossein Karbaschi, a popular mayor of Tehran for eight
years.

Karbaschi was sentenced in July to five years in prison but
allowed to remain free on bail pending appeal. An appeals court
later reduced the prison sentence to two years.


Karbaschi, a key ally of moderate President Mohammad Khatami,
had been a target of hard-line political rivals. Many Iranians
saw the trial as a political settling of scores by the hard-line
judiciary.


In a trial that generated tremendous public interest, Karbaschi
admitted to making mistakes but denied stealing public money.


Copyright 1999& The Associated Press.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:04 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Court Bans Newspaper Which Quoted Shah's Wido

Iran Court Bans Newspaper Which Quoted Shah's Widow
===================================================


12:42 p.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - A court in Iran on Tuesday ordered
the closure of a moderate newspaper which recently quoted the
widow of the late shah, a staff member at the daily said.

The moderate newspaper Zan (Woman), run by Faezeh Hashemi,
daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, aroused
intense conservative anger at the weekend when it printed parts
of a message by Farah Diba, widow of the late Shah Mohammad Reza
Pahlavi who was toppled by the 1979 Islamic revolution.

``The Islamic revolutionary court summoned Mrs Hashemi and
demanded that the newspaper stop publication immediately,'' the
staff member told Reuters.

``The newspaper plans to defy the order...because we do not
believe the revolutionary court is qualified to rule in this
matter which should be dealt with by the press court,'' said the
staff member, who declined to be named.

The publication of part of an Iranian New Year message by Diba,
a first since the revolution, had prompted a written warning
from the moderate-led Culture Ministry, which is itself under
conservative fire for its relatively liberal policies.

Journalists said the court also objected to a caricature in
Zan's Tuesday edition which appeared to criticise Iran's Islamic
laws under which the ``blood money'' for a murdered woman is
half that for a man. Blood money is the sum paid by a murderer
to the victim's family to obtain a pardon from a death sentence.

Zan, which has been outspoken on moderate causes and women's
rights issues, was suspended for two weeks earlier this year on
charges of insulting police.

The shah and his family have been reviled in Iran's media since
they left the country as the 1979 revolution unfolded. The shah
died in Egypt the following year and his widow settled in the
United States.

The former empress had said in her message: ``In the coming
third millennium, our ancient Iran will begin a new glorious
period by efforts of its worthy children.''
Iran's press has enjoyed more freedom since moderate President
Mohammad Khatami took office in 1997.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:18 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Reformers Brace for Fresh Attacks in New Year

Iran Reformers Brace for Fresh Attacks in New Year
==================================================


09:32 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
By Jonathan Lyons

TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - The threatened imprisonment of a
chief ally to President Mohammad Khatami has thrown Iran's
reformists on the defensive as the artificial truce over the
long Iranian New Year holiday screeched to a halt on Tuesday.

The daily Iran said former Tehran mayor Gholamhossein Karbaschi,
instrumental in Khatami's 1997 landslide victory, had exhausted
his appeals and faced detention for two years on charges of
graft, possibly as soon as this week.

The reports follow publication of formal charges against an
influential Shi'ite Moslem theologian and Khatami aide, whose
reformist teachings have outraged conservative clerics.

The cleric, Mohsen Kadivar, is due to stand trial before a
special clerical court next week for allegedly slandering the
Islamic system and sowing doubt among the Iranian people.

At the same time, hardliners in parliament have renewed threats
to impeach the culture minister, who spearheaded the press
freedoms fueling Khatami's political and economic reforms.

There is no doubt the conservatives have used the New Year
holiday to regroup and the next few weeks could be crucial, said
one political analyst.

Conservatives have been stung in recent weeks by overwhelming
defeat in Iran's first local elections. Khatami also got a lift
from a successful visit to Italy and the Vatican, where his
presence effectively signalled an end to diplomatic isolation
dating back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Pro-Khatami newspapers were in no doubt conservative rivals had
concluded it was time to make a stand despite continuing public
support for the president. One poll showed support for Khatami
remained near his election mandate of 70 percent, despite
mounting economic hardship and political uncertainty.

``A new round of preparation for political violence in
society,'' warned the reformist daily Sobh-e Emrouz, citing
reports that hardline vigilantes were readying attacks to
coincide with the month of Moharram, a Shi'ite period of
mourning when religious sentiment runs particularly high.
Moharram begins in about two weeks.

``Apparently the leaders of this tendency...have concluded that
the passage of time and peaceful competition of thoughts and
politics is not in their interest,'' the newspaper said.

Other newspapers said the moves against the Tehran mayor, whose
conviction reformers say was tainted by political vendetta, and
the culture minister were aimed at decapitating Iran's leading
centrist party, the Executives of Construction, led largely by
the two men.

Against this backdrop of political brinksmanship, Khatami last
week postponed a planned visit to Paris, set for April 12, after
what the Iranian side reportedly said was the refusal of the
French to take into account Islamic prohibitions against
drinking wine and requiring the veiling of women.

Western diplomats in Tehran say the impasse could have been
resolved had not domestic politics reared its head. In Paris,
officials insisted the visit would be rescheduled.

But many conceded that Khatami's reading of the political
landscape is consistently more astute than most, and last week
hardliners sought to discredit Khatami over just such an issue.

A photograph of a smiling Khatami, seated next to a decidedly
unveiled Italian woman with empty wine goblets in front of them,
were circulated at Tehran's Friday prayers . Someone had
thoughtfully circled the glasses with black ink.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:28 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran to Cut Down Oil Outputs

Iran to Cut Down Oil Outputs
============================


Xinhua
06-APR-99

TEHRAN (April 6) XINHUA - Iran announced on Tuesday to cut down
its daily oil outputs according to the recent agreement of the
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on reducing
production ceiling to boost prices.

The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said that Iran would cut
down by at least 10 percent in April and 12 percent in May from
its February's daily export volume, the Islamic Republic News
Agency reported.

The OPEC members agreed to cut their oil outputs by 2.1 million
barrels per day (bpd) at the 107th ministerial meeting in Vienna
last month. According to the agreement, Iran's daily oil output
should be reduced from 3.925 million bpd to 3.35 million bpd in
April.

However, the NIOC did not mention the volume of Iran's daily
output and export volume in February. Some reports put Iran's
production at 3.6 million bpd and its export at 2.5 million bpd.
The NIOC also expressed hope that with the coordination between
the company and its clients, oil prices would undergo further
stability in the future

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:34 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Says Oil Deal Shows U.S. Sanctions Failing

Iran Says Oil Deal Shows U.S. Sanctions Failing
===============================================
09:40 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Iranian state radio said on Tuesday
that Iran's recent $300 million oil contract with French and
Canadian companies proved the inefficacy of U.S. sanctions
against the Islamic republic.

``The signing of the contract on Balal oil field underscores
once again that America's sanction policies against Iran are
ineffective. It is a suitable ground for European and Canadian
companies to take part in 40 oil and gas projects put up by Iran
last year to international bids,'' it said in a commentary.

``There is another loss for the United States, too: American oil
companies have once again been denied the opportunity to invest
in Iran because of their government's bullying policies,'' the
radio said.

The U.S. government said on Monday it was disappointed with the
$300 deal Iran signed with French oil major Elf Aquitaine

and Canada's Bow Valley Energy Ltd over the weekend to develop
the offshore Balal field in the Gulf.

It indicated it may punish the firms for violating a U.S. law
that seeks to block foreign companies from investing more than
$20 million a year in Iran's oil and natural gas sectors.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran to Raise May Oil Export Cut to at Least 12pct

Iran to Raise May Oil Export Cut to at Least 12pct
==================================================


10:42 a.m. Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 6 (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday that it would
raise its oil export cuts to at least 12 percent in May from at
least 10 percent in April.

``The level of reduction of the export of crude oil in the month
of April 1999 will be at least 10 percent and starting in May
there will be at least a 12 percent reduction,'' said an Oil
Ministry statement.

The Oil Ministry statement expressed hope that coordination
between the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and its
customers will help bring more stability to the oil market.
The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and
key non-cartel producers reached a deal last month to remove 2.1
million barrels per day (bpd) from world oil markets in an
attempt to boost prices.

Iran is making a bigger percentage cut to loadings than the
seven percent agreed by most of its fellow OPEC members because
a dispute over its quota allocation meant that Tehran did not
implement previous cutback commitments.

Under the accord, after baseline adjustments Iran is set to cut
264,000 bpd or 7.3 percent of its output.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: State Dept Says U.S. Won't End Libya Oil Sanctions

State Dept Says U.S. Won't End Libya Oil Sanctions
==================================================


04:11 p.m Apr 05, 1999 Eastern
By Tom Doggett

WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) - Even though Libya has turned
over suspects involved in the bombing of a Pan Am airliner, the
United States won't lift sanctions it has in place prohibiting
oil trade with the country, the U.S. State Department said on
Monday.

Both the United Nations and the U.S. government imposed separate
sanctions affecting Libya's oil sector in response to the 1988
bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which
killed 270 people.

While U.N. sanctions have been suspended now that Libya turned
over the suspects in the bombing, the U.S. government's
unilateral sanctions will not lifted at least for now, State
Department spokesma,n James Rubin told reporters.

``We need to have additional concerns alleviated (by Libya)
before we will address modifying our sanctions,'' Rubin said.

Some of the sanctions against Libya have been in place since
before the Lockerbie bombing, Rubin noted.

U.S. sanctions prohibit banks from financing or arranging
transactions that ultimately benefit Libya, including brokering
third-country sales of Libyan crude oil or transportation for
Libyan cargo.

Separately, the U.S. Congress passed legislation in 1995 that
penalises foreign companies making new investments of more than
$20 million a year in Libya's oil sector. The law also covers
oil investments in Iran.

Oil exports account for about 95 percent of Libya's hard
currency earnings. Currently, the country has 12 oilfields with
reserves of 1 billion barrels of crude or more, and two others
with reserves of 500 million to 1 billion barrels.

U.S. oil companies Exxon and Mobil left Libya in 1982 following
a U.S. trade embargo begun in 1981. Five other U.S. firms,
Amarada Hess, Conoco, Grace Petroleum, Marathon and Occidental,
remained active in Libya until 1986, when President Reagan
ordered them to end all their business activities there.

The U.N.'s oil sanctions, which were imposed in November 1993
and now lifted, banned the sale to Libya of equipment for the
country's oil and natural gas export terminals and refineries.

The U.N. Security Council now can vote within 90 days to
permanently lift the organisation's sanctions against Libya
following a report from U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

(Washington Energy Desk, 202-898-8320)


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:42:52 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: U.S. Bars Yugoslavia Ships from U.S. Ports, Waters

U.S. Bars Yugoslavia Ships from U.S. Ports, Waters
==================================================


07:26 p.m Apr 06, 1999 Eastern
WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) - The United States said on
Tuesday it had begun barring Yugoslav ships from U.S. ports and
territorial waters to further isolate President Slobodan
Milosevic and protect against spying or sabotage.

U.S. National Security Council spokesman David Leavy said the
policy took effect on Monday. He said he was unsure whether any
ships had been ordered to leave or how many were now in U.S.
ports or waters.

A U.S. official said the policy would not have significant
economic impact on the United States.

With the order, Yugoslavia joins Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North
Korea, Sudan and Syria on the list of nations whose ships are
forbidden from calling on U.S. ports.

Leavy said the policy applies to all ships flying Yugoslavia's
flag or under the effective control of Yugoslavia.

``The objective has been and remains to protect U.S. vessels and
port facilities from sabotage or unlawful activities'' and to
guard against ``espionage and foreign intelligence gathering,''
Leavy said.

In addition, he said, ``The measure is consistent with our
overall strategy of isolating the Milosevic regime and making
clear to him that he cannot get away with his repression.''

The U.S. official said, ``We have no current information of a
specific threat, but wanted to take the necessary precautions to
protect national security interests of U.S. ports.''

The United States and its NATO allies began a bombing campaign
against Yugoslavia on March 24 aimed at halting repression of
ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province of Kosovo and forcing
Milosevic to accept a peace deal with Kosovo's ethnic Albanian
leaders.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:08 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Moderate Iran Newspaper Confiscated

Moderate Iran Newspaper Confiscated
===================================


By Afshin Valinejad
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, April 7, 1999; 12:25 p.m. EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Authorities confiscated copies of an
Iranian newspaper Wednesday after the daily defied a ban imposed
for printing a cartoon deemed insulting to Islam, its editor
said.

Court officials, citing the cartoon as well as a letter the
paper published from Iran's former empress, Farah Diba, said the
moderate Zan newspaper will be banned from publishing until
after the case goes to court. A trial date was not released.

Editors at Zan, which means ``woman,'' had tried to publish
despite the ban, but Zan editor Faraj Balafkan said Wednesday
the pages were confiscated.

The ban is part of a crackdown on several liberal newspapers by
hard-liners in the judiciary and represents moves by the
conservative clergy to thwart President Mohammad Khatami's
efforts to open up Iranian society by allowing a free press.

``The hard-liners have started a war against Mr. Khatami's
supporters and I expect them to target other papers as well,''
Balafkan said.

The paper printed a cartoon Tuesday showing a thug being asked
to kill a woman rather than a man, because under Islamic law a
woman's ``blood money'' is half that of a man's.

Blood money is compensation that must be paid to the family of a
victim who is murdered or killed in an accident.

Gholamhossein Rahbarpour, head of Iran's Revolutionary Courts,
said the paper had insulted Islam because the cartoon ridiculed
blood money -- ``one of the main judicial and religious
principles of Islam,'' the official Islamic Republic News Agency
reported.

He also said the mere publication of the former empress's
ere publication of the former empress's
greetings on the Iranian New Year was ``a blatant
anti-revolutionary act.''

Zan identified Farah Diba, the widow of the shah who was ousted
during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, only by her name. Iranian
newspapers generally add insulting epithets when they refer to
the shah or his relatives.

The former empress lives in the United States and France.

Rahbarpour said Wednesday the ban would remain in force until
the paper's owner, Faezeh Hashemi, is brought to court.

Hashemi, a member of Parliament and the daughter of moderate
former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, is a top advocate for
women's rights. Zan is a staunch supporter of Khatami.

Zan was banned for two weeks late last year for publishing
articles accusing a police chief of being involved in an attack
on a minister and a former minister.

Since Khatami's election in May 1997, the hard-liners have
suffered several political blows, the latest when moderates
swept the polls in February's municipal local elections.



Copyright 1999 The Associated Press.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:22 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Banned Iran Paper's Head Slams Court,Conservatives

Banned Iran Paper's Head Slams Court,Conservatives
==================================================


03:46 p.m Apr 07, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 7 (Reuters) - A prominent reformist Iranian
newspaper editor on Wednesday blasted the banning of her d
by an Islamic court as part of an attack by conservatives on
moderate backers of President Mohammad Khatami.

Faezeh Hashemi also said the court had exceeded its jurisdiction
in ordering an indefinite ban on her daily Zan (Woman) for
quoting Iran's former empress and printing a cartoon it deemed
anti-Islamic, the Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

``The revolutionary court's move against Zan daily is outside
this court's legal bounds...The charges against Zan should be
heard by a press court,'' IRNA quoted Hashemi, a parliamentary
deputy and a daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi
Rafsanjani, as saying.
The conservative-led court on Tuesday ordered Zan to cease
publication after the outspoken daily printed part of a message
by former Empress Farah Diba, widow of Shah Mohammad Reza
Pahlavi who was toppled by the 1979 Islamic revolution.

The court also objected to the cartoon, which appeared to mock
Iran's Islamic laws under which a woman's ``blood money'' is
half that of a man. Blood money is the sum paid by a murderer to
the victim's family to obtain a pardon from a death sentence.
Hashemi denied the charge that her newspaper had carried
propaganda for the late shah by printing part of Diba's Iranian
New Year greetings, saying it was published because of its news
value.
``The right-wing faction is launching a serious attack ahead of
the...parliamentary elections in a bid to eliminate some
publications and individuals from the political scene,'' Hashemi
said, referring to the polls due to be held later this year.

She said the conservatives' campaign also included a recent
Supreme Court ruling upholding a two-year jail sentence imposed
on Tehran's former mayor, a key Khatami ally, for graft, and
threats to oust the president's liberal culture minister by a no
confidence vote.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:30 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Zan Daily Closed Until Further Notice

Zan Daily Closed Until Further Notice
=====================================


thr 022
court-press-zan
zan daily closed until further notice
tehran, april 8, irna -- the persian daily 'zan' published by majlis
deputy from tehran ms. faezeh hashemi was closed until further notice
upon the orders of judicial officials.
head of tehran's revolutionary court, hojatoleslam gholamhussein
rahbarpour told irna wednesday that the order was issued following
the paper's publishing a letter of farah diba, wife of the ex-shah of
iran in its issue on april 3 and a caricature making fun of "blood
money" in its april 6 issue.
he said the mere publication of farah diba's message (on new
iranian year) was a "blatant anti-revolutionary act" and considered
publicity for the "vicious" (monarchical) regime, let alone it would
be done by a newspaper.
head of the islamic revolutionary court of tehran further said,
"another charge of the managing director of zan newspaper is
publishing a caricature in which blood money, one of the main judicial
and religious principles of islam is ridiculed and we consider it as
direct insult.''
one of the managers of zan daily said that faezeh hashemi had told
the editorial staff of the newspaper on tuesday night that she had
been summoned by the revolutionary court twice this week and was
asked to give explanations on publishing farah diba's message and the
said caricature.
she told her colleagues at the paper that she assumed
responsibility for publishing the paper and the caricature and that
she had reasons for publishing each of them.
ys/ks
end
::irna 07/04/99 12:37

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:36 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Revolution Court Bans Zan Dily

Revolution Court Bans Zan Dily
==============================


thr 049
daily-ban
revolution court bans zan daily
tehran, april 7, irna -- to prevent repetition of offense,0 the
revolution court banned the daily "zan" from publication, the
public relations office of the court announced in a statement
wednesday.
the court's statement said faezeh hashemi, managing director of
zan daily, was summoned to the islamic revolution court and
after being informed of the charges received the ruling to stop
publishing her newspaper.
the final verdict will be announced after the investigation
is completed and the court hearing held, the statement added.
earlier on sunday ms. hashemi received a warning in writing from
the ministry of culture and islamic guidance for publishing a new year
message from a notorious figure of the former regime in its saturday
edition.
sd/rr
end
::irna 07/04/99 17:46

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Urban and Rural Councils to Start Functioning Late

Urban and Rural Councils to Start Functioning Late April
========================================================


thr 066
councils-inauguration
urban and rural councils to start functioning late april
tehran, april 7, irna -- the municipal councils will officially start
functioning on april 30 which coincides with the 20th anniversary of
the late imam khomeini's directives for compiling the by-law on
councils' elections.
speaking to irna, director general of the interior ministry's
elections bureau, seyed javad zaker qadimi, said preliminary steps
have been taken to convene the councils, which were elected on
february 26.
the deadline for the monitoring boards to announce the accuracy
of election results will expire on april 6, he said adding, ''the
monitoring boards have confirmed the elections in 688 towns and
cities.''
no statement has been issued regarding the accuracy of council
election results in 20 cities while statements on the accuracy of
election results in a few cities remain ambiguous.
according to zaker, election results for over 99 percent of the
villages in the country have been confirmed.
sd/ah
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::irna 07/04/99 21:07

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:50 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Italian Frigate to Arrives in Iranian Waters on Fr

Italian Frigate to Arrives in Iranian Waters on Friendly Mission
================================================================


thr 053
iran-italy-frigate
italian frigate to arrives in iranian waters on friendly mission
tehran, april 7, irna -- an italian frigate is due to arrive in the
iranian waters upon request of the italian navy with an aim of
consolidating friendly ties between iran and europe, the
ideo-political department of the iranian navy reported on wednesday.
the report also said that the italian frigate is to make a port
call at bandar abbas, southern iran, on a five-day mission
on april 8.
during the visit, the crew of the italian vessel are to become
familiar with the facilities owned and progress made by the iranian
navy.
at the end of the friendly visit, the iranian navy ships are to
escort the italian frigate to international waters.
mm/rr
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::irna 07/04/99 18:28

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:43:58 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: S. Korea to Pay dlrs 550 m in Credit to Iran

S. Korea to Pay dlrs 550 m in Credit to Iran
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thr 033
korea-iran-credit
s. korea to pay dlrs 550 m in credit to iran
seoul, april 7, irna -- south korea has officially approved payment
of a dlrs 550 million credit for construction of 10 oil tankers
ordered by iran to the korean shipbuilder daewoo company, said iran's
ambassador to seoul mohsen talaie here wednesday.
the credit will be paid by the export-import bank of korea,
talaie said.
five of the tankers have a capacity of 158,000 tons each and
the other five 98,000 tons each.
the ambassador added that the export-import bank of korea has
earmarked a short-term credit for five iranian banks and the
amount of the credit is expected to increase in the future.
tehran-seoul ties further expanded after the visit to seoul in
last winter of iran's deputy foreign minister for asia and pacific
affairs mohsen aminzadeh.
iran and south korea have established diplomatic ties since 36
years ago.
the volume of tehran-seoul trade exchanges exceeds dlrs
two billion.
ys/rr
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::irna 07/04/99 14:36

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:44:04 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Multipurpose Ship to Join Iran's Shipping Fleet

Multipurpose Ship to Join Iran's Shipping Fleet
===============================================

thr 016
korea-iran-ship
multipurpose ship to join iran's shipping fleet
seoul, april 7, irna -- the multipurpose ship 'iran-shahryar', built
in south korea, was officially delivered to iran, it was announced
here wednesday.
iran's ambassador to seoul mohsen talaie said at a ceremony
held for that purpose, that it is the sixth multipurpose ship built by
the south korean hyundai company under complete supervision of iranian
experts.
he expressed hope that the ships will strengthen the islamic
republic of iran's shipping fleet at international sea transportation.
the islamic republic of iran had ordered building of six
multipurpose ships to south korea in spring 1997, with iran-shahryar
being the last.
the 22,000-ton ship, after being loaded in south korea, will head
for the persian gulf to join iran's shipping fleet.
an official source at iran's embassy in seoul said that iran has
ordered building of another eight ships to south korea, manufacture
of which will begin by hyundai company in the next two months.
fs/ks
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::irna 07/04/99 11:47

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:44:16 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: 1.88 pc Rise in Export of Non-Oil Commodities Last

1.88 pc Rise in Export of Non-Oil Commodities Last Year
=======================================================


thr 052
trade-exports
1.88 pc rise in export of non-oil commodities last year
tehran, april 7, irna -- the export of non-oil commodities, including
the goods exported via border markets, last year amounted to dlrs 3.7
billion, showing a 1.88 percent rise compared to the preceding year.
according to the 'preliminary statistics on the country's foreign
trade' supplement, published by iran's customs office, 11,293,000
tons of goods were exported via iranian customs offices last year.
export of the goods via the customs offices last year showed a 36.6
percent increase compared to the last year.
carpets and handicrafts, worth dlrs 599.1 million, constituted
109.3 percent, petrochemical products, worth dlrs 433.2 million,
14.8 percent, pistachio and pistachio nuts, worth dlrs 394.4 million,
13.5 percent and iron wares and steel, worth dlrs 131.6 million, 4.5
percent of the goods exported.
various gases, worth dlrs 130 million, copper products, worth
dlrs 73.9 million, gasolines, worth dlrs 46.2 million, animal skins
and pickled hides, worth dlrs 44.1 million, caviar, worth dlrs 37.5
million, and garments, worth dlrs 36.5, constituted 46.72 percent of
the total exports last year.
export of dlrs 1.504 billion worth of industrial goods last year
registered a drop of 15.2 percent compared to export of the same
commodities the previous year.
export of agricultural products, worth dlrs 776.8 million, showed
a 40.1 percent rise, however, compared to the previous year's figure.
a five percent decrease was recorded in export of carpets and
handicrafts last year compared to the previous year. export of
mineral products, worth dlrs 43.5 million showed a 6.4 percent
increase last year compared to the year before.
14.9 million tons of goods, worth dlrs 14.5 billion, were imported
last year, down by 26 and nine percent in terms of weight and value
respectively compared to the preceding year's figures.
industrial and mechanical tools and machinery, electric
instruments, iron wares, cooking oil, plastic raw materials, wheat
and chemical products constituted almost 60 percent of the goods
imported last year.
some 16.6 percent of non-oil goods were exported via bandar abbas
customs office, 16 percent via imam khomeini port customs office and
14.7 percent via the customs office located west of tehran last year.
some 47.6 percent of goods were imported via bandar abbas
customs, 17 percent via imam khomeini port customs and 9.1 percent
via the customs office in west of tehran.
bg/rr
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::irna 07/04/99 18:23

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:44:34 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Intl. Session on Investment in Petrochemical Indus

Intl. Session on Investment in Petrochemical Industry to Open
=============================================================


thr 041
petrochemicals-nematzadeh
intl. session on investment in petrochemical industry to open
tehran, april 7, irna -- international meetings on investment in
iran's petrochemical industry is to be held in tehran from april 19-20
and at imam khomeini port (khuzestan province) on april 21 to
introduce opportunities for investment in iranian petrochemical
industry.
deputy oil minister mohammad-reza nematzadeh told reporters here
on wednesday that 160 representatives from economic and banking
institutes and engineering and industrial centers from 30 countries in
europe, asia, the middle east and the u.s. have applied for visas to
attend the session.
nematzadeh said that representative of one of the american
companies is to deliver a lecture at the session on the u.s.
sanctions against iran and the losses the american companies
have suffered as a result of sanctions.
he said that foreign investment regulations, the grounds
suitable for foreign investment in southern part of the country,
including the free trade zones of bandar imam and oslavieh, as well
as the economic and taxation policies would be among subjects to be
raised at the meeting.
he added that long-term programs for the country's petrochemical
industry in the next 15 years, the country's engineering and
industrial capabilities and the petrochemical projects under
implementation are to be raised at the session.
nematzadeh said that a law on attraction of foreign investment
is to be enforced in the country and there would be no legal problem
concerning foreign investment in iran.
the law envisages no limit for foreign investments and gives a
free hand to foreigners to make as much investments as they wish, he
added.
in the gatering, said nematzadeh, participant investors would
be briefed on the semi-finished, almost-finished and future
petrochemical projects, especially the ones to be implemented in the
third five-year economic development plan (2000-2004).
six petrochemical projects are planned to be implemented in the
third plan and permits have been received from majlis for
implementation of three out of the said projects this year, he added.
elsewhere in his remarks, nematzadeh sed.
elsewhere in his remarks, nematzadeh said that a delegation from
chinese petrochemical industry is to arrive in iran in the next two
weeks to explore ways of wide-scale cooperation between iranian and
chinese petrochemical industries.
bg/rr
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::irna 07/04/99 16:54

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:44:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Pre-Financing Benefits Iran, Crude Buyers, NIOC Of

Pre-Financing Benefits Iran, Crude Buyers, NIOC Official
========================================================


thr 014
oil-nioc-ghanimifard
pre-financing benefits iran, crude buyers, nioc official
tehran, april 7, irna -- head of international affairs department of
the national iranian oil company (nioc) hojjatollah ghanimifard said
that pre-financing schemes (pfs) or pre-export agreements (pea) for
crude oil benefit both the nioc and the customers of iran's crude
oil.
in an interview with the english daily iran news, printed
wednesday, he explained that nioc enters into an agreement with a bank
and receives the amount of pfs and in return puts a crude oil contract
as security with the said bank.
he maintained that the contract covers the whole duration of the
pfs, and added that there is a grace period during which nioc is not
obliged to make any payments to the bank. he said the proceeds from
the crude oil contract will go directly to the nioc account.
regarding repayment, ghanimifard said the party to the crude oil
contract pays the price of the oil, which is based on the price on
the date of lifting the crude and the prevailing market conditions,
to the bank.
he emphasized that if such proceeds are more than its installment
which comes due, the bank will pay back the remaining amount to nioc.
none of the pre-financing agreements are, therefore, based on
fixed pricing of the crude oil, he said.
ghanimifard said, ''the price of crude contract is based on what
market conditions will be, including the price, at the time of
lifting.''
as far as nioc is concerned pfs secures a part of its exports in
the future, he said adding that the benefit to the buyer is that it
can secure its requirements through nioc's exports in the future.
the nioc official concluded that the schemes (agreements) are
signed with banks which will provide nioc with hard currency, with the
oil contract as a security for the repayment of the amount of the
contract.
fs/ks
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::irna 07/04/99 11:41

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:45:04 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran-Daily: Russian FM's Visit to Tehran

Iran-Daily: Russian FM's Visit to Tehran, Opportunity for Better
Relations
================================================================


thr 002
press-iran-russia
iran-daily: russian fm's visit to tehran, opportunity for better
relations
tehran, april 7, irna -- in its editorial the english 'iran daily'
hopes that the scheduled visit to tehran by russian foreign minister
igor ivanov will provide both iran and russia with an opportunity to
unfreeze the status quo and launch a search for broader cooperation
with iran.
the editorial has focused on iran's behavior during the iraq-iran
war and also during iraq's occupation of kuwait and stressing the
international credit that it has won for propriety of conduct says in
part:
"it is russia's turn to review the level of its relations with
tehran. tehran and moscow have different stands on yugoslavia's
behavior but they share a common stand on nato's unilateral
operations.
"mainly under pressure from washington and its misinformation
campaign against tehran, moscow has downgraded its military
cooperation with iran. there are unconfirmed reports that the nuclear
power cooperation between iran and russia will be put in limbo too.
the upcoming visit by russia's top diplomat igor ivanov to tehran willy
russia's top diplomat igor ivanov to tehran willy russia's top diplomat
igor ivanov to tehran will
provide both sides with an opportunity to unfreeze the status quo and
launch a search for broader arrangements.
hr/hm
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::irna 07/04/99 01:34

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:45:10 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: urkmenistan Ready to Expand Ties with Iran, Turkme

Turkmenistan Ready to Expand Ties with Iran, Turkmen FM
=======================================================


thr 005
turkmenistan-iran-ties
turkmenistan ready to expand ties with iran, turkmen fm
ashkhabad, april 7, irna -- turkmen foreign minister boris
sheikhmuratov here tuesday expressed his country's readiness
to further boost ties with the islamic republic of iran.
making the remark in a meeting with iran's charge d'affaires to
ashkhabad zabihollah molana, he expressed satisfaction over the
current level of tehran-ashkhabad relations.
the latest international and regional developments, crises in
afghanistan and kosovo in particular, as well as ways to bolster
tehran-ashkhabad ties were reviewed in the meeting.
fs/ys
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::irna 07/04/99 09:17

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:45:16 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Jordan, Iran Review Cooperation in the Area of Wat

Jordan, Iran Review Cooperation in the Area of Water
====================================================


thr 009
jordan-iran-ties
jordan, iran review cooperation in the area of water
amman, april 7, irna -- jordan's minister of water and irrigation
kamel mahadin here tuesday expressed hope that iranian companies
will win tenders for irrigation project of the jordanian capital of
amman.
he made the remark in a meeting with iran's ambassador to
jordan mohammad ali sobhani.
outlining the status of water shortage in the region, in jordan
in particular, mahadin said that the problem will be only solved
through regional cooperation.
during the meeting, sobhani handed over a message from iran's
minister of energy habibollah bitaraf to mahadin, inviting him to pay
a visit to iran.
sobhani voiced the islamic republic's readiness to cooperate with
jordan in the area of water and energy.
fs/ks
end
::irna 07/04/99 09:45

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:45:26 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iraq to Ask Iran to Hand over Refugees - Paper

Iraq to Ask Iran to Hand over Refugees - Paper
==============================================

07:36 a.m. Apr 07, 1999 Eastern
BAGHDAD, April 7 (Reuters) - An Iraqi newspaper said on
Wednesday that Iraq would ask Iran to return back thousands of
Iraqi refugees who fled the country after the 1991 Gulf War.

``Iraq will ask Iran to hand over refugees on the Iranian side
after Iraq has handed all Iranian refugees to Tehran,'' the
weekly newspaper al-Ilam (Information) said.

The paper quoted Fahmi al-Qaisi, the head of the Iraqi
delegation to a joint committee on prisoners of war, as saying
that representatives from both countries would meet on April 13
to discuss the issue of refugees, soldiers missing in action and
prisoners from the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war.

It said that an Iranian delegation headed by Mir Faisel Zadah
and senior army officers would come to Baghdad to attend the
meeting which would also discuss the exchange of the bodies of
soldiers killed during the war.

The paper, which is supervised by President Saddam Hussein's
eldest son Uday, gave no details of the number of Iraqi refugees
in Iran.

Baghdad accuses Tehran of providing refuge for Shi'ite
dissidents on its territory. It blames instability in its
southern marshlands on hit and run attacks the insurgents mount
on targets in southern Iraq.

Iran plays host to the Iraqi Shi'ite opposition, the Supreme
Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI).

Iraq is home to the Iranian opposition Mujahideen Khalq. Tehran
accuses Baghdad of providing the exile group with military camps
along the international border.

Last month Iran repatriated 450 Iraqi prisoners of war (POWs)
and in return Iraq released 53 detainees who were brought back
to Iran.

An Iraqi newspaper said in March that Iran still holds about
13,000 Iraqi POWs, 10,000 of whom are registered with the
International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC). Iran denies
the Iraqi figures and says Baghdad is still holding thousands of
Iranians.

Baghdad says it freed 39,044 Iranian POWs in a large-scale
exchange of prisoners in 1990 and denies Iranian allegations
that it is holding any more.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 9 Apr 1999 13:46:48 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Wednesday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran

Wednesday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran
=======================================


thr 003
headlines-press
wednesday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 7, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this morning:
iran daily:
-foreign financial commitment put at dlrs 5.63 billion
-russia does not support belgrade's ethnic policy
-guidance ministry preparing for imam's commemoration
-moscow expected to curb belgrade
-mubarak calls for new world order
-zan snubs closure order
-four shi'ite muslims executed
kayhan international:
-majlis speaker: u.s. seeks to annihilate islamic state in europe
-west swiftly rejects belgrade cease fire move
-reyshahri back home: irano-saudi ties influenced this year's
hajj programs
-milosevic dreaming of 'kosovo without kosovars' - albanian mp
-elf oil deal with iran irks u.s.
-iran to launch food security program
-new unhcr bureau chief lauds iran's humanitarian aids
tehran times:
-yugoslavia declares kosovo ceasefire; u.s. swift to reject
-momeni says oil accords not fair, najafi-elmi, iravani see
non-oil exports answer to economic problems
-algerian islamic front backs ex-foreign minister for president
-rafsanjani dissuades his daughter from u.s. visit
-albanian mps due in tehran next week
iran news:
-u.s. says nato bombing to continue despite yugoslav truce
-islamic revolutionary court moves to ban 'zan' daily
-russia backs palestinian state, urges caution on may 4
statehood bid
-nateq-nouri says west, u.s. do not want an islamic state in
europe
-pre-financing benefits iran and crude buyers
iran:
-mohajerani: guidance ministry to actively participate in
holding centenary birth anniversary of imam khomeini
-revolutionary court issues order on closure of 'zan' newspaper
-humanitarian catastrophe in kosovo
-fluctuating price of gold coins
salaam:
-report on first open session of majlis in new iranian year
-u.s. not to lift anti-libya sanctions
-managing director of 'zan' newspaper summoned by revolution's
court
-iran's current account balance deficit reaches dlrs 1.8 billion
-oic contact group to meet today on kosovo crisis
-despite baku's criticism, moscow will continue its policy on
cooperation with armenia
-russia to establish military base in tajikistan
jomhuri eslami:
-new round of genocide of kosovar muslims by serb army
-iraqi regime executes four clergy on charges of ayatollah
sadr's murder
-majlis speaker: deputies must be vanguards on restoring the
imam's line
-leader of turkish fazilet party: we will counter anti-islamic
policies in turkey
kar va karegar:
-discussion on early retirement of workers included in majlis
agenda once again
-revolution's court issues order on closure of 'zan' daily
-mines and metals ministry to cede its incomplete projects
-serbia decalres unilateral ceasefire
hamshahri:
-foreign ministers of iran, russia, saudi arabia consult on
kosovo crisis
-interior minister at majlis session: government must strive to
settle problems of people in kurdestan
-iranian company wins several international tenders
-nato strikes on serb positions in yugoslavia intensify
-inter-city transport charges reduced by 25 percent
abrar:
-1.1 million kosovar refugees at balkans plains
-majlis speaker: serbs atrocities must be condemned but this is
not the way to do it
-belgrade announced ceasefire
-interior minister's response did not satisfy majlis
-over 27,000 hajj pilgrims return home
-dushanbe agrees with construction of russian base in tajikistan
qods:
-majlis speaker: majlis must take the lead in implementing
leader's new year guidelines
-country's imports amounted to dlrs 14.5 billion last year
-iran's relief assistance to kosovar refugees to increase
-albanian parliamentary delegation to visit iran next week
-central bank provides new facilities for carpet exporters
neshat:
-practical measures to eliminate kargozaran sazandegi is taken
through the order issued by revolutionary court on closure of
`zan' daily
-faezeh hashemi: i will publish the newspaper
-u.n. suspends sanctions against libya
-pope not to visit israel if israeli army continues suppressive
operations in naseriyeh city
khabar:
-nateq nouri: serb atrocities increase in kosovo with nato's
increased pressures
-kharrazi: belgrade must stop its attacks on kosovar muslims
-iran's crude oil exports to reduce
-iranian hajj pilgrims to return by april 18
-iraq executes four cleric on charge of murdering ayatollah sadr
-iran day festival concludes in japan
-sanctions against libya suspended
abrar eqtesadi:
-list of goods authorized to be imported from border markets in
eight provinces announced
-shrimp production to rise by four times compared to last year
-iran reduces oil exports
-free trade zones have attractions for investments of
cooperatives sector
sobh-e khanevadeh:
-nateq nouri: iran cannot remain indifferent towards destiny of
kosovar muslims
-iran's foreign debts announced to amount to about dlrs 12
billion
-infant death toll higher in family marriages


wednesday afternoon's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 7, irna -- the following headlines appeared in tehran's
newspapers this afternoon:
kayhan:
- russia: aim behind nato's expedition is to partition yugoslavia,
form a pro-western government in kosovo
- representatives from 160 foreign companies to come to iran to
invest in petrochemical industry
- mps sharply criticise anti-revolutionary tendencies in certain
cultural, press circles
- sharon: formation of islamic country in balkan dangerous to
europeslamic country in balkan dangerous to
europeslamic country in balkan dangerous to
europeslamic country in balkan dangerous to
europeslamic country in balkan dangerous to
europeslamic country in balkan dangerous to
europeslamic country in balkan dangerous to
europe
- head of tehran's revolutionary court on reasons for banning zan
newspaper
- price of potable water in tehran increases
ettela'at:
- nato launches massive strikes against yugoslavia
- islamic contact group conference on kosovo to convene in
geneva on wednesday
- russia underlines formation of multi-polar system in world
- iranian company wins several intl. tenders
- cbi reports on country's current accounts balance, exports,
imports
- america, england disagree with removal of sanction against
libya
- chinese premier arrives in us
resalat:
- revolutionary court calls orders closure of zan newspaper
- nato rejects unilateral ceasefire declared by yugoslavia
mm/rr
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