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There are 5 messages totalling 450 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. Iran Says Inflation at 20 Pct in Year to March
2. On Oil Prices, OPEC Production, Quotas, etc.
3. PRESS DIGEST- Iran - April 20
4. Cyprus Condemns MKO Terrorism
5. Tuesday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran


Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:37:50 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Says Inflation at 20 Pct in Year to March

Iran Says Inflation at 20 Pct in Year to March


TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - Inflation in Iran rose to 20
percent in the year to March, up from 17.3 percent in the
previous year, Iranian state televison reported on Tuesday.

It quoted a senior Central Bank official as also saying that
health and food costs led the price rises, registering increases
of 24.9 percent and 24.8 percent respectively in the Iranian
year which ended on March 20.

Analysts say state inflation figures are based on official
prices for a basket of commodities, but that many consumers have
to buy some goods at higher black market prices. Economists put
actual inflation at about twice the official figures.

The government has in the past few years given top priority to
fighting inflation after coming under attack in the press and
parliament for not doing enough to curb price rises.

Inflation in the year to March 1997 stood at 23.2 percent
against 49.4 percent the year before.

But economists and officials have said tighter monetary policies
aimed at fighting inflation have provoked an economic slump
which was exacerbated by state cutbacks in outlays after a fall
in oil revenues last year.

Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited


Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:37:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: On Oil Prices, OPEC Production, Quotas, etc.

Oil Holds Gains As Analysts Predict $18

Yahoo! Headlines Business
Monday April 19, 2:24 PM

Oil holds gains as analysts predict $18
LONDON, April 19 - Oil prices made new highs on Monday after
establishing a 12-month peak on Friday and analysts said more
gains were in prospect as the full impact of OPEC supply curbs
was felt.

Bellwether UK Brent blend futures for June lifting traded 16
cents firmer at $15.85 a barrel by 1420 GMT in London -- a price
not seen since March of last year.

London's Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES) forecast that
Brent would rise further to average $18 a barrel in the fourth
quarter of this year assuming reasonable compliance by OPEC with
output limits agreed in March.

"A reasonable compliance level of 77 percent by June, with all
members going some way towards meeting their commitments, would
put oil prices on a sustainable upward path," said the CGES in a
monthly report.
That level of OPEC adherence would reduce the global oil
stockpile by 1.1 million barrels a day (bpd) in 1999, cutting
forward stockcover in the industrialised nations of the OECD by
seven days to 54 days.

Dealers said speculative purchases by institutional investment
funds had fuelled Friday's oil price rise.

The gains were supported by solid evidence on the market that
OPEC producers were implementing a large portion of the 1.7
million bpd of output cuts they pledged in March.
The cuts come on top of about 2.2 million barrels daily of
reductions OPEC made last year.

Dealers were encouraged by Iran's confirmation to its leading
customers in Japan and South Korea of a 12 percent reduction in
May supplies, suggesting Tehran was moving to meet its new
264,000 bpd output cut.

There had been some doubts about how strictly Iran would comply
with its contribution to OPEC's new supply limits. Its European
customers on Monday were still waiting for word on May

Dealers said lower North Sea loadings for May also had helped
sustain higher prices. Scheduled May liftings from eight crude
systems in British and Norwegian waters were scheduled to lift
3.84 million bpd compared to 4.14 million in April, according to
figures compiled by Reuters from traders.

Prices in dollars a barrel:
April 19 April 16

1415 GMT (close)

IPE June Brent 15.84 15.69

NYMEX May light crude 17.55 17.33

OPEC Basket Price Up By 41 Cents

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opec basket price up by 41 cents
vienna, april 20, irna -- the price of the opec basket of seven
crudes increased by 41 cents to stand at 15.68 dollars a barrel
monday. this was up from 15.27 dollars the previous friday, according
to opec secretariat calculations released here on tuesday.
the opec basket comprises algeria's saharan blend, indonesia's
minas, nigeria's bonny light, saudi arabia's arabian light, dubai
of the united arab emirates, venezuela's tia juana and mexico's
istmus crude.
energy futures prices continiued to rise in trading on the new
york mercantile exchange (nymex) monday according to reports released
in vienna tuesday.
west texas intermediate (wti), the american benchmark crude, was
up by 47 cents to finish at 17.80 dollars per barrel for may delivery,
while the june contract stood at 17.63 dollars, up by 29 cents.
meanwhile brent crude oil futures prices increased on the
international petroleum exchabge (ipe) in london. june brent futures
settled at 15.92 dollars per barrel, up by 23 cents compared to
the previous close. the day's high was 16.10 dollars and the low 15.61
::irna 20/04/99 16:44

Oil Minister Hopes For Further Rise In Oil Price

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oil minister hopes for further rise in oil price
tehran, april 20, irna -- oil minister bijan namdar zanganeh told
a closed door session of majlis on tuesday that the increase in oil
supply of compared to its demand had been the main reason for slump
in the commodity's price over the past 18 months.
talking to reporters after the three and half an hour session,
a member of the presiding board of majlis mohammad-baqer nowbakht
quoted zanganeh as hoping for surge in oil prices in light of a
consensus achieved by opec and non-opec produces to cut their
production ceilings.
nowbakht further quoted zanganeh as predicting that the
average hard currency revenues envisioned in the article 29 of the
budget bill for the current iranian year would be materialized
through sale of oil by the year end.
nowbakht said secretary general of the start organization for
administrative and employment affairs mohammad baqerian had also
briefed majlis representatives at the same session on a special macro
strategy which calls for improvement of salary payment system, and
training of 2,000 senior directors in the third five-year economic
development plan (2000-2004).
::irna 20/04/99 16:56


Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:38:42 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: PRESS DIGEST- Iran - April 20

PRESS DIGEST- Iran - April 20

03:56 a.m. Apr 20, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading
stories in Iranian newspapers on Tuesday. Reuters has not
verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.


- Funeral ceremonies were held in the southern city of Abadan
for 161 Iranian soldiers who died in the 1980-88 war with Iraq.
Their bodies were exchanged last Saturday with the remains of
Iraqi soldiers.


- Iran's commerce minister is to travel to Lisbon on May 4 for
the second meeting of an Iran-Portugal joint economic
commission, an informed source was quoted as saying.


- A senior cleric representing Iran's supreme leader in the
police force warned the country's police to stay out of politics
and remain an impartial body.


- Iran's energy minister said 98 percent of Iranians enjoy clean
drinking water.

Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.


Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:38:48 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Cyprus Condemns MKO Terrorism

Cyprus Condemns MKO Terrorism

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cyprus condemns mko terrorism
athens, april 20, irna -- iran's ambassador to cyprus bahman agharazi
today met the president of the cypriot parliament in nicosia spyros
kyprianou and reviewed bilateral cypriot-iranian ties and the upcoming
visit of kyprianou to terhan.
in this meeting kuprianou strongly condemned the mko terrorist
attack against martyr shirazi and expressed his condolences to the
people and government of iran.
the two men also discussed the kosovo crisis
kyprianou is to lead a parliamentary delegation to tehran
following the invitation of the iranian majlis in may on his first
visit to the islamic republic.
::irna 20/04/99 17:49


Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 00:38:36 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Tuesday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran

Tuesday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran

Tuesday Morning'S Newspaper Headlines

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tuesday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 20, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspapers this morning:
kayhan international:
-leader advises governors general: mobilize provincial resources,
solve people's problems
-khatami expected in germany soon - hombach
-grand sheikh of al-azhar: kosovo muslims should resist expulsion
-funeral procession held for 161 martyrs
-governors general brief cabinet on provincial problems
-oic contact group to discuss kosovo crisis
-iran's petrochemical exports will rise to dlrs 5 billion by 2005
iran daily:
-leader emphasizes communicating with people
-economists review structural adjustment plan
-iran welcomes foreign direct investment (fdi)
-washington seeks military opportunities
-germany and iran seeking broader ties
-israeli police demolish palestinian homes
-ecevit wins turkish elections
tehran times:
-oic contact group to discuss kosovo crisis
-iran welcomes direct foreign investment: plan and budget
organization (pbo) head
-leader: any word serving revolution goals is welcomes
-last solar eclipse in century visible in iran
-experts on clinton's overture: words, actions should be
-white leaders are racist leaders, says mahathir
-french expert: u.s. military strategy not approved by europe
iran news:
-new words serving revolution goals welcomed, says leader
-japan, qatar agree to back iran's khatar agree to back iran's
khatami government
-iran to raise petrochemical exports to dlrs 5 billion by 2005
-qatari fm due in tehran next week
-alavi: ties with u.s. can only be decided by leader
-irano-portuguese joint economic commission slated may 4
-nato bombs airport in southern kosovo
-experts comment on khatami's address to governors general
-leader calls on governors general to serve people
-khatami to visit germany in near future, german official
-us efforts to establish ties with iran
-mausoleum of great iranian poet to be reconstructed in
-leader urges governors general to work for welfare of nation
-germany expecting president khatami's visit
-results of councils elections in 19 provinces approved
-15 new publications receive permission
-university students stage demonstration in front of tehran
-who is the appropriate mayor for tehran?
-leader receives governors general
-german official: bonn is expecting president khatami's visit
-conoco official: u.s. should realize iran's political, economic
-kharrazi leaves for moscow to review kosovo crisis
jahan-e eslam:
-leader addresses governors general
-iran's to raise petrochemical products to dlrs 7.5 billion by
next six years
-conoco official: iran enjoys highest political stability in the
-president khatami to pay a visit to germany in near future,
german official
-all political circles in france call for relations with iran
-leader: new words serving revolution goals welcomed
-160 representatives of foreign companies attend international
seminar on investments in petrochemical industries in iran
-german official: president khatami expected in germany soon
-europe to maintain solidarity with iran, french expert
-hizbullah assembly of majlis calls for lifting ban on zan daily
-german minister: president khatami to visit germany in a near
-leader receives governors general
-representatives of 15 u.s. oil companies in iran
-majlis hizbullah assembly: ban on zan daily, illegal
-university students stage rally
-eric rouleau comments on process of developments in persian
gulf region
kar va kargar:
-leader: system, government, people have not changed their
attitude towards revolution's principles
-oic contact group to review kosovo crisis in moscow today
-german official: khatami to visit germany in near future
-french expert: europe opposes u.s. policies against iran
-oil minister: appropriate laws to attract foreign investments
are being carried out
-najafi welcomes direct foreign investment
-conoco official: approval of d'amato law was regretting
asr-e azadegan:
-leader: new words serving revolution principles, welcomed
-conoco official: u.s. companies welcome investment in iran
-hizbullah assembly of majlis condemns ban on zan daily
jomhuri eslami:
-leader: governors general should be manifestation of
revolutionary tendencies
-famine, cold weather threaten lives of hundreds of thousands
of muslim kosovars
-rafsanjani: oic is carefully following up balkan crisis
-egyptian islamic jihad vows to continue struggle against cairo
sobh-e emrouz:
-ayatollah khamenei: new words serving revolution aspiration,
goals are welcome
-university students stage rallies in protest to press
-german ambassador to tehran: bonn is determined to expand ties
with tehran
-leader's representative: law enforcement forces should not get
involved in political currents
-leader: officials, people have not changed attitudes towards
revolution principles
-students stage rally in protest to islamic guidance ministry
-oic contact group to review kosovo crisis
-iran's senior economic officials invite foreign investors
-university students stage demonstration in front of tehran
-french expert: us oil companies are making efforts to normalize
ties with iran
-japanese ambassador to tehran: tokyo supports reforms by
khatami government
-kharrazi leaves for moscow
-hizbullah assembly of majlis calls for lifting ban on zan
-leader: governors general should be manifestation of
revolutionary tendencies
-german ambassador to tehran: bonn determined to expand ties
with tehran
-iran to invest dlrs 7.2 billion in petrochemical industries
-president khatami expected in germany soon
-university students stage rallies
abrar-e eqtesadi:
-150 foreign investors willing to have shares in iran's
petrochemical industries, arrive in tehran
-conoco senior official: washington should decide over iran's
frozen assets
-iran-ukraine joint economic commission to be held soon
-largest world industrial exhibition opens in germany
-leader: position taking should benefit nation
-three majlis deputies: 'differences' are rooted in personal
-west calls for downfall of milosevic

Tuesday Afternoon'S Newspaper Headlines

press headlines
tuesday afternoon's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 20, irna -- the following headlines appeared in tehran's
newspapers this afternoon:
- supreme leader of revolution: governors-general should promote
revolutionary symbols in areas of their assignment
- disciplinary forces should seriously deal with hooligans in
- three us analysts comment on clintons's address to iran
- university students hold rallies against those creating
tension, discord at cultural, political scenes of country
- russia never let nato capture yugoslavia
- supreme leader of revolution: governors-general activities
should address essential problems of people
- supreme leader of revolution: a revolutionary job should be
speedy, disciplined, purposeful
- oic follows issues of balkan, refugees with sensitivity
- new round of contact group's effort to resolve kosovo crisis
- disciplinary forces should be engaged in political issues
- using foreign investments necessary for recovery of country's
- full text of president message
- khatami to visit germany soon
- u.s., russia negotiations on balkan crisis fail
::irna 20/04/99 18:20


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