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There are 12 messages totalling 757 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. U.N. Representative Impressed By Iran'S Literacy P
2. Iran'S Efforts For Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty P
3. Jordan Supports Idea Of Dialog Among Civilizations
4. Austria'S Finance Minister Praises Iran'S Prompt P
5. Tehran-EU-Berlin
6. Thursday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran
7. Iran'S Khatami Defends Aide Against Impeachment Bi
8. INTERVIEW-Iran's NIOC gets $500 mln from Asia
9. Iran wants more than ``diplomatic smile'' from U.S
10. Germany, Iran Look To Improve Relations
11. Iran Launches Aid Campaign For Kosovo Refugees
12. PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 22

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:29:24 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: U.N. Representative Impressed By Iran'S Literacy P

U.N. Representative Impressed By Iran'S Literacy Program
========================================================

thr 035
iran-u.n.-literacy
u.n. representative impressed by iran's literacy program
bushehr, april 22, irna -- the growth in literacy rate in iran can be
an appropriate model for less developed countries (ldc), said the
representative of u.n. population fund mosslehedin here wednesday.
visiting bushehr's literacy centers, he told irna, ''iran's
programs to fight illiteracy, particularly the literacy programs for
women, are effective, and i am impressed by them.''
he described the rise in literacy rate from 40 to 75 percent as an
impressive achievement.
the fund has provided over dlrs 800,000 to iran's literacy
movement in the last four to five years, he noted. the u.n.
representative also praised the plans of provincial literacy
organization.
currently, 81 percent of the busher's 743,000 people are literate.
nb/ah
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::irna 22/04/99 20:46

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:29:16 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran'S Efforts For Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty P

Iran'S Efforts For Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Praised
========================================================


thr 028
nuclear-treaty
iran's efforts for comprehensive test ban treaty praised
vienna, april 22, irna -- head of preliminary committee of the
comprehensive test ban treaty (ctbt) ki moon ban told reporters in
vienna on thursday that iran as the chairman of the group 77 has
played an important role in advancing the goals of the treaty.
speaking on the occasion of the end of committee's 8th meeting,
ki moon added, ''indian was supposed to be the chairman of the group
of 77 (developingcountries) but because india has not signed the
reaty, iran as the chairman of 77 is making efforts for official
ratification of the treaty.''
responding to a question posed by irna as to wether the u.s.
congress' refusal to approve the treaty ha
s had a negative effect on
the other countries's decision, he said, ''it is very important for
the nuclear powers to sign and ratify the treaty.''
out of five official nuclear powers, only france and britain have
ratified the comprehensive test ban treaty and the u.s., russia and
china have yet to ratify the ctbt.
nb/rr
end
::irna 22/04/99 17:31

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:29:30 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Jordan Supports Idea Of Dialog Among Civilizations

Jordan Supports Idea Of Dialog Among Civilizations
==================================================


thr 019
jordan-iran-talks
jordan supports idea of dialog among civilizations
amman, april 22, irna -- political advisor to the jordanian king
adnan abu owdeh here wednesday voiced his country's support for
the idea of dialog among civilizations proposed by the iranian
president mohammad khatami.
he made the remark in a meeting with iran's ambassador to amman
mohammad ali sobhani.
accepting the plan to the agenda of the un general assembly for
the year 2001 is an indication to importance of the islamic republic
of iran and the position of that country at international arena, the
jordanian official said.
he reiterated that amman will actively participate in the
session of the islamic interparliamentary union (ipu) to be held in
tehran.
fs/rr
end
::irna 22/04/99 13:30

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:29:36 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Austria'S Finance Minister Praises Iran'S Prompt P

Austria'S Finance Minister Praises Iran'S Prompt Payment
========================================================


thr 004
austria-iran-ties
austria's finance minister praises iran's prompt payment
vienna, april 21, irna -- in a meeting with the iranian ambassador to
austria ibrahim rahimpour here wednesday the austriam minister of
finance rudolph edlinger terming tehran-vienna economic relations as
`satisfactory', said his country is keen to further bolster bilateral
relations and cooperation.
appreciating the islamic republic of iran for its act of prompt
payment of the debts, edlinger added that such positive point will
certainly be considered in the future relations of the two nations.
he stated that the existing political atmosphere of the islamic
republic of iran has brought about a suitable ground for investments.
assessing iran as a creditable economic partner of austria, he
said that both iran and austria are deriving benefit from the
existing level of their economic relations.
the iranian ambassador on his part referring to the historical
commonalties of the two countries, underlined the need to see austria
directing its policies towards enhancement of credit in the projects
through insurance coverage.
pm/dh
end
::irna 22/04/99 00:58

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:30:00 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Tehran-EU-Berlin

Tehran-EU-Berlin
================


thr 005
iran-daily-editorial
tehran-eu-berlin
tehran, april 22, irna -- `iran daily', the english morning newspaper
in its editorial here thursday wrote, "it is april 22 and germany has
been in office for 112 days, as rotating chair of the european union
(eu). in 72 days, iranian, eu and german diplomats will be reviewing
what they accomplished in the first half of 1999."
"observers note that iran and germany took significant steps in
bilateral affairs and in their multilateral frame of relations with
the eu in between," it added.
"both sides set out to lift one of the stumbling blocks to
improvement of their ties. last week, german businessman helmut hofer
was ordered released on bail. he had been imprisoned since september
1997 on charges of having illicit relations with a muslim iranian
woman. the german media related his release to last week's visit by
chancellery minister bodo hombach, who was reportedly here to secure
hofer's ultimate freedom," the daily noted.
the paper commented, "in a meeting with president khatami, the
german envoy conveyed chancellor gerhard schroeder's invitation to mr.
khatami to visit germany. following the invitation to visit italy last
march and the one to france suspended at the zero hour over protocol
disagreements, the invitation to germany was the third in a series of
confirmed invitations from european heads of states to the iranian
chief executive. mr. khatami reprotedly accepted the invitation which
is considered a sign of mutual will to thaw relations between tehran
and berlin."
it went on to say, "the death of the former representative of
deutsche bank in iran, who was killed during a shoot-out between
police and his captor early this year, pushed both sides to the brink
of a row. but the parties managed to step back. their action was in
line with the mutual determination to steer the ship of relations
carefully in already troubled waters."
"most of the eu's major states have apparently come to acknowledge
the realities of the islamic repbulic. london, for instance, expressed
readiness to cooperate with tehran in its anti-narcotic campaign and
in areas related to refugees from iran's nin areas related to refugees
from iran's neighboring countries. berlin
itself has initiated a number of cultural exchange programs. but
differences will exist among the involved parties in europe and iran.
the daily added, "alleged violation of human rights, undermining
the middle east peace process dubbed here as compromise talks, and
production of weapons of mass destruction, sum-up the charges of the
us government -- europe's trans-atlantic ally. also, the jewish lobby
cherished in the united states and active in post-world war ii europe,
has worked hard to deter warmer europe-iran ties."
"thanks to tehran's globally-embraced policy of detente, berlin
and the german-led eu have had marked success in bettering their ties
with the islamic republic. they can speed this up if they manage to
ignore third parties who are neither european nor iranian," iran
daily concluded.
pm/dh
end

::irna 22/04/99 01:31

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Date: Thu, 22 Apr 1999 23:30:56 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Thursday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran

Thursday Newspaper Headlines in Tehran
======================================


Thursday Morning's Newspaper Headlines


thr 008
press-headlines
thursday morning's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 22, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
morning dailies thursday:
tehran times:
-majlis on verge of making fateful decisions
-iran's foreign debts dlrs 11.8 billion
-at least 16 dead in horrifying 'suicide mission' at suburban
high school
-decision on rejection of five elected candidates final
-major changes in khatami's cabinet next month
-nato warplanes hit kosovo refugees once again
kayhan international:
-khatami's views on int'l security, global understanding
praiseworthy
-saudi awaits khatami visit in may
-us firms still keen to operate in iran, official
-oic group will continue aid to kosovars, kharrazi
-mps say: mohajerani fails to curb press violations, should be
impeached
-colorado school carnage tolls 25 lives
iran daily:
-episode of ashura on the web
-31 mps demand mohajerani's impeachment
-president receives message from new zealand premier
-imf predicts 2 percent increase in iran's gdp
-mps blame economic problems on ministers
-us shocked by new shooting deaths
iran news:
-mohajerani: ''impeachment is political, will add to my
popularity''
-cadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-mohajerani's impeachment a big political mistake, mp
-fm comments on turkey's elections
-oic contact group tours kosovar refugee camps, meets albanian pm
-at least 16 dead in horrifying 'suicide mission' at suburban
high school
hamshahri:
-mohajerani announces readiness to respond to impeachment
motion launched by right wing
-mps say: impeachment of mohajerani aimed at exerting pressure
on khatami's government
-mohsen kadivar appeals ruling of special clergy court
-president welcomes presence of mohajerani in majlis to outline
his ministry's programs, performance
khordad:
-new assault against khatami
-mohajerani, khatami's second key minister to be impeached
-kadivar lawyer says he will protest court ruling
-karbaschi appeals for retrail
-us companies willing to operate in iran
abrar:
-majlis cites reasons for impeachment
-majlis cites reasons for impeachment motion against culture
minister
-kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-appeal for karbaschi's retrial
-oic contact group stresses need for providing humanitarian aid
to homeless kosovars
jomhuri eslami:
-expediency council approves macro economic policies for third
development plan
-40,000 kosovar muslims under heavy fire of serbian artillery
-president: unemployment may result in crisis in country
-creation of 4 million new job opportunities in 3rd development
plan, a must
-new suspects prosecuted in relation to serial killings, niyazi
-two american students kill 25 classmates, teacher
afarinesh:
-31 mps table impeachment motion against mohajerani
-kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-supreme court registers karbaschi's retrail appeal
-two american students massacre their classmates
salam:
-kharrazi: clinton's remark, only a diplomatic smile
-president: one of biggest concerns of government is to remove
unemployment issue
-two majlis deputies criticize khatami's programs
-mohajerani to be impeached
-kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-kharrazi to leave for germany today
-price of crude oil to increase to dlrs 18 a barrel
qods:
-reports on massacre of us school students by two teenagers
-country's major policies approved by expediency council
-31 mps call for impeachment of mohajerani
-new suspects prosecuted in relation to serial killings
neshat:
-new steps taken by conservatives to counter khatami reforms
-nato ground forces getting ready to attack yugoslavia
-kadivar's lawyer protests court ruling
-bloody immigration of kermanshah tribes at border regions
iran:
-khatami: impeachment not most appropriate way
-detail of clergy court ruling on mohsen kadivar
-new suspects prosecuted in relation to serial killings
-details of massacre of 25 us students
kar va kargar:
-a number of majlis deputies attack president khatami's programs
-new suspects prosecuted in relation to serial killings
-31 mps call for impeachment of mohajerani
-mohsen kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-kharrazi inspects camps of kosovar refugees
jahan-e eslam:
-reasons for impeachment motion agains -reasons for impeachment
motion against mohajerani announced
-kadivar's lawyer protests ruling of special clergy court
-khatami: democracy should be materialized at international level
-mohajerani: i will respond to majlis on sunday
arya:
-a number of majlis deputies criticize khatami's programs
-kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-new suspects prosecuted in relation to serial killings
-mohajerani: i will respond to majlis sunday
-karbaschi awaits ruling of supreme court
asr-e azadegan:
-impeachment of mohajerani aimed at defending freedom
-weakening government not to benefit of revolution
-khatami stresses importance of people's judgement
-mohajerani: impeachment, a political move
khabar:
-president: government most concerned about unemployment
-minister of culture, most successful minister
-31 mps call for impeachment of mohajerani
-ruling of special clergy court against kadivar announced
-reports on massacre of american students
-oic contact group leaves for albania to review kosovo crisis
sobh-e emrouz:
-right wing launch heavy attack on khatami's government
-mohajerani ready to attend majlis session on sunday
-kadivar sentenced to 18 months in prison
-two us students open fire on 25 classmates
-kharrazi: us move, only a diplomatic smile


Thursday Afternoon's Newspaper Headlines


thr 033
press-headlines
thursday afternoon's newspaper headlines
tehran, april 22, irna -- the following headlines appeared in
tehran's newspaper this afternoon:
kayhan:
-kyhan interviews political, cultural personalities on
motion to impeach culture minister
-kharrazi: clinton's remarks just a diplomatic smile
-president: impeachment is mps rights and we respect it
-new information about recent serial murders
resalat:
-reasons for mohajerani's impeachment announced: khatami, majlis
has a right to impeach
-kadivar's defense attorney: ruling by special court of clergy
not political, court's procedding acceptable and normal
nb/rr
end
::irna 22/04/99 18:21

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:13:44 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran'S Khatami Defends Aide Against Impeachment Bi

Iran'S Khatami Defends Aide Against Impeachment Bid
===================================================


03:42 a.m. Apr 22, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 22 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami
defended his moderate culture minister against impeachment
proceedings launched by hardline parliamentary deputies and
expressed hope he would survive the motion, newspapers said on
Thursday.

``Parliament has a right to impeach in tune with public
interests and we respect it as a manifestation of political
maturity. But we don't think it is appropriate to exercise this
right as a first step,'' Khatami was quoted as telling his
cabinet.

``We believe there are other ways to exchange views and reach an
understanding. God willing, the majority in parliament will
support the government and allow his (the minister's)
cooperation to continue.''

In the latest assault on Khatami's reforms, 31 deputies
presented a petition to the 270-seat parliament on Wednesday,
summoning Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ataollah
Mohajerani to be grilled on Iran's recent cultural thaw.

Mohajerani, a liberal thinker and close Khatami ally, was given
10 days in the conservative-dominated parliament to answer
deputies' questions. The process could lead to his removal
through a vote of no confidence.

The petition accused Mohajerani of failing to uphold Islamic and
revolutionary values by following a liberal policy towards the
press, book publishing and the arts.

But Khatami said he approved of his minister's performance: ``We
have to bear in mind that communication, arts and culture are
complex realms...Valuable works have been achieved in these
areas and Mr. Mohajerani's role is praiseworthy as a cultured
and a capable thinker.''

Mohajerani has borne the brunt of the conservatives' attacks
since parliament ousted liberal former Interior Minister
Abdollah Nouri in June.

He recently came under fire for granting awards to a number of
secular-minded writers in an effort to bring to an end a bitter
cultural war between Islamists and liberals since the 1979
Islamic revolution. The minister has also been heavily
criticised for reactivating a banned union of prominent secular
writers.

Mohajerani, in an interview with the Iran News daily on
Thursday, described the proceedings as ``merely political.''

``Such moves will only backfire and make those subjected to
pressure more popular. Even if they succeed, it only allows me
to better plan for my political activities. It is even possible
that I will run for the next parliament. We will not be isolated
by such pressure,'' he said.

Political factions are gearing up for next year's legislative
elections, which will have a big impact on Khatami's ability to
carry on with reform.

Parliament has been a main conservative stronghold and stumbling
block to the president's political and cultural reform policies.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:14:00 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: INTERVIEW-Iran's NIOC gets $500 mln from Asia

INTERVIEW-Iran's NIOC gets $500 mln from Asia
=============================================


08:49 a.m. Apr 22, 1999 Eastern
By Michael Georgy

TEHRAN, April 22 (Reuters) - The National Iranian Oil Company
(NIOC) secured about $500 million from Asian banks in April in
exchange for guarantees that the money would be paid back from
future oil sales, an NIOC official said on Thursday.

``We have concluded almost half a billion dollars (in April),''
NIOC's director for International Affairs Hojatollah Ghanimi
Fard told Reuters in an interview. He declined to name the banks
or the countries involved.

Under the so called pre-financing schemes, NIOC receives funds
from overseas banks in return for money from the company's
future oil sales in order to improve commercial relationships
with long-term oil customers.

The cash from overseas banks, which have traditionally been
European and Asian, goes to Iran's state coffers. At repayment,
the price of oil would be based on the prevailing market
conditions, not fixed prices determined when the deal is signed.
Over the last year, those funds have been crucial in a country
with a cash-strapped economy that has been shaken by weak oil
prices that touched 12-year lows in that period.

Iran is struggling against recession and mounting unemployment.
Battered finances have forced the country to seek $3 billion in
loans from foreign creditors to avoid defaulting on the
repayment of its heavy debt. State coffers have been drained by
low oil prices.

Ghanimi Fard said NIOC would take a prudent approach to the
schemes in the Iranian year that began on March 21 as a
precaution against possible fluctuations in the oil market.

``First we will check the market and check what we can do. It
would not be healthy if we are going to be going for a very high
percentage of exports for these kinds of schemes,'' he said.

``Why? Because if the price again drops for any reason you would
be out of cash at the time repayment stops,'' Ghanimi Fard
added.

Iran tapped such schemes for over $1.5 billion in the Iranian
new year that ended on March 20 1999, he said. Over the past 11
years, it has raised about $10 billion through the pre-financing
arrangements.

``It's just a part of the marketing strategy we have. To see how
the market is accepting us. Do they accept NIOC as a reliable
supplier? If the answer is yes so buy a one-year contract, two
years, three years,'' he said.

``This gives NIOC an answer if we are being good and flexible in
our operations and marketing, in acting based on the prevailing
market conditions or if we wanted to be just a one-sided
supplier without any compromise with clients that have been our
customers for a long time.''

Pre-financing schemes usually amount to at least $100 million,
Ghanimi Fard said.

The pre-financing mechanisms factor in fluctuations in the oil
market, which has shown some recovery since OPEC and producers
outside the cartel in March pledged to cut output by just over
two million barrels a day (bpd).

``Usually 10 to 20 percent would be a markup,'' Ghanimi Fard
said.

The timeframe of the deal depends on the size of the banks or
consortium.

``Sometimes we go for syndication and in some cases we are
almost close to a billion dollars in one shot,'' said Ghanimi
Fard, adding that grace periods can vary from one to two years.
Ghanimi Fard said NIOC had repaid all the oil refinancing funds
preceding the April deal.

``NIOC did not have even one single day and one single cent
delay in the payment,'' he said.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:14:10 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran wants more than ``diplomatic smile'' from U.S

Iran wants more than ``diplomatic smile'' from U.S.
===================================================


05:09 a.m. Apr 22, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 22 (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal
Kharrazi urged the United States to change its behaviour towards
the Islamic republic, saying recent conciliatory remarks by
President Bill Clinton were no more than a ``diplomatic smile.''

``If there are no changes in behaviour, such (conciliatory)
remarks can only be interpreted as a diplomatic smile. We have
seen many such smiles in our diplomatic life. The standard for
us is a change of policies and behaviour,'' Kharrazi said in an
interview with Iran's foreign television, quoted by newspapers
on Thursday.

In the latest sign the United States was moving towards ending
two decades of animosity with the Islamic republic, Clinton said
last week that Iran had been subject to ``quite a lot of abuse
from various Western countries'' in the past, and should be told
it had a right to be angry.

His remarks sparked a heated debate in Iran, with moderates
hailing them as a positive step toward better ties, but
hardliners rejecting them as a ruse to sow division among Iran's
political factions.

Kharrazi conditionally welcomed the comments: ``Admission of
guilt is a good thing. It takes courage. But it is important to
be sincere, and to show it is sincere, it has to be followed by
appropriate behaviour.''

``We have to wait and see what changes America wants to make in
its behaviour, and there is a whole lot they can do.''

Iran-U.S. relations, broken after Iran's 1979 Islamic
revolution, have somewhat thawed under President Mohammad
Khatami.

Washington has repeatedly called for direct negotiations with
Tehran to address what it calls its three concerns: Iran's
alleged support for international terrorism and search for
weapons of mass destruction as well as its opposition to the
Middle East peace process.

Iran refuses to talk to the Americans, saying they must first
cease hostilities.

Kharrazi insisted that Iran was a ``victim'' but not perpetrator
of terrorism.

``One of the charges America has levelled against us is support
of terrorism. But Iran is itself a victim of terrorism. And our
government has enough courage that when some of its agents
participate in acts of terror, it exposes and removes them from
its body like a cancerous tumour,'' he said.

The minister was referring to the recent admission by Iran's
intelligence service that some of its own agents were involved
in a string of dissidents' murders last year.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:14:18 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Germany, Iran Look To Improve Relations

Germany, Iran Look To Improve Relations
=======================================


12:09 p.m. Apr 22, 1999 Eastern
BONN, April 22 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Joschka
Fischer may visit Iran in the second half of this year as part
of efforts to improve relations, his ministry said on Thursday
after he met Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharazzi.

The pair met for bilateral talks after Fischer, representing the
European Union, hosted a delegation from the 55-nation
Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), led by Kharazzi,
to discuss ways to resolve the Kosovo crisis.

A ministry spokesman quoted Kharazzi telling Fischer: ``It is
time to clear the obstacles (to better relations).''

Ties between Germany and Iran suffered a blow in 1997 when a
German court found that Tehran had ordered an attack on a Berlin
restaurant in which four Kurdish dissidents died.
More recently, a death sentence handed down by an Iranian court
against German businessman Helmut Hofer for having an improper
sexual relationship with a Moslem woman had further troubled
ties.
The sentence was lifted in February pending a retrial, and a
visit by Chancellery Minister Bodo Hombach to Tehran in early
April helped secure Hofer's release on bail. In return, Bonn
invited Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to visit Germany.
Earlier, the two ministers told reporters they would do all they
could to ensure that a peace deal to end the Kosovo conflict
would be based on a United Nations resolution mandating the
deployment of international peacekeeping troops.

The OIC, which is chaired by Iran, has called for Yugoslavia to
pull its forces out of Kosovo and has offered humanitarian aid
to the mainly Moslem ethnic Albanian refugees fleeing the
conflict.

Kharazzi said it was ``very important'' that the EU was
committed to resolving the Kosovo conflict. But he declined to
comment on NATO's campaign of air strikes against Yugoslavia.

Before the talks, a knot of four demonstrators threw eggs and
tomatoes at Kharazzi's motorcade as it approached the Foreign
Ministry, hitting an accompanying car. A police spokesman said
the protesters were arrested.


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:14:24 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: Iran Launches Aid Campaign For Kosovo Refugees

Iran Launches Aid Campaign For Kosovo Refugees
==============================================

03:32 p.m Apr 22, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 22 (Reuters) - Iran launched a nationwide campaign
on Thursday to collect aid for Moslem ethnic Albanian refugees
from Kosovo, Iranian state television reported.

It said Iran's Red Crescent and the Islamic charity Imam
Khomeini Relief Committee would collect aid and cash donations
across the country for the refugees.

A plane with 35 tonnes of food, blankets and tents donated by
Iran arrived in Macedonia on Wednesday, the television said,
adding that it was the sixth Iranian aid shipment.

Iran, the current head of the 55-member Organisation of the
Islamic Conference (OIC), has repeatedly appealed on behalf of
fellow Moslems in Kosovo.

An OIC contact group headed by Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal
Kharrazi visited Russia, Italy, Albania and Germany this week
for talks on the Kosovo crisis.

Iran has blamed Yugoslavia for the crisis, but also criticised
NATO's air strikes as lacking international legitimacy.

Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:14:30 EDT
From: Bobby Iri <Bobby@WWW.DCI.CO.IR>
Subject: PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 22

PRESS DIGEST - Iran - April 22
==============================


11:00 a.m. Apr 22, 1999 Eastern
TEHRAN, April 20 (Reuters) - These are some of the leading
stories in Iranian newspapers on Thursday. Reuters has not
verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

RESALAT
- Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi, a top conservative
cleric, blasted members of the moderate press as influenced by
Western values. ``Those who are crying out for freedom in Iran
these days are after Western-style freedom,'' he said.

IRAN NEWS

- Ataollah Mohajerani, Iran's liberal culture minister, said a
move by a group of conservative deputies to impeach him would
only make him more popular. He described the proceedings as
politically motivated.

ETTELAAT - The Expediency Council, a top advisory body to
supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, approved general policies
in Iran's third five-year development plan (March 2000-March
2005).

KAYHAN - Mohammad Niazi, the head of Iran's military courts,
said new discoveries had been made in the investigation into the
murders of four intellectuals and dissidents last year. He said
more information would be disclosed soon.

JAHAN-E EQTESAD

- The all-share index at the Tehran Stock Exchange closed the
week to Wednesday at 1585.83 points, up from 1570.25 points a
week earlier.

SALAM

- Foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi said recent conciliatory
remarks by U.S. President Bill Clinton were just a ``diplomatic
smile.''

(Tehran newsroom +9821 229 4856)


Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.

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