Subject: DNI-NEWS Digest - 5 Dec 1999 to 6 Dec 1999

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Topics of the day:

1. Today, Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic
2. Gov't Budget Should Be Used for Religious Activities
3. Tehran Mayor `Sorry to See' Nouri in Jail
4. MCNEE: Canada Won't Give in to Washington's Extra-Territorial Laws

Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 06:46:14 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Today, Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic

IRAN NEWS EDITORIAL DECEMBER 06, 1999

Today, Dr. Kamal Kharrazi, the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic

of Iran and the representative of the current chairman of the Organization of
the Islamic Conference (OIC), is leaving Tehran for Russia at the head of an
OIC delegation.

The foreign ministers of Burkina, as well as the former and future chairmen
of the OIC, will be accompanying Dr. Kharrazi on this trip.

The objective of the trip has been reported to be on the spot fact-finding
regarding the present conditions in Chechnya, while no mediation efforts are
to be made between the Russians and the rebels in the breakaway republic.

During his recent visit to the IRI of the Russian Foreign Minister Igor
Ivanov it was proposed that an OIC delegation be dispatched to the region to
investigate the prevailing conditions which was accepted by the Russian
delegation.

The crisis in Chechnya has recently assumed such proportions that various
organizations and communities have been stirred to figure out a reasonable
way out for the warring sides in the present dilemma.

Notwithstanding, the pertinent discussions at the United Nations (U.N.), the
Chechen imbroglio loomed large in the recent meeting of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held in Turkey. Even though the war
in Chechen is considered to be an irksome Russian internal anguish, its
continuation and the overspill may plague the neighboring countries and the
region. The war in Chechnya has actually assumed the menacing feature of
victimizing the Muslim population of this region and leaving them to the
terrorists' tender mercies. The reported atrocities alone make every decent
person flinch.

Nonetheless, the Russian willingness to receive the OIC delegation goes a
long way to show that the government in Moscow is bent on finding a permanent
analgesic for this sore spot and put an end to this prolonged source of
on-and-off embarrassment through peaceful means, while preserving the rights
of the indigenous Muslim population.

Of course, the visiting delegation are not endowed with an immediate cure all
panacea for the ills in Chechnya. Nevertheless, this is the first step with
all its concomitant inadequacies.

In the meantime, Islamic countries can work out some plans to send the
immediately-needed material aids to lighten the burdens of the Muslim
refugees. The commanding fact is that one must definitely differentiate
between the political demands and the fate of innocent people in Chechnya.

The war against the terrorizing secessionists should not victimize the
civilian non-combatants by letting them get caught in the crossfire.

The Russian authorities have demonstrated their goodwill in this regard by
receiving the OIC delegation and this group of OIC members may, by presenting
practical ways and means, bring about a satisfactory and enduring peace in
this region. This would certainly serve to show that Muslims in different
parts of the world can set store by their Muslim brethren as well as the OIC.

Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 10:26:52 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Gov't Budget Should Be Used for Religious Activities

Gov't Budget Should Be Used for Religious Activities

HAMSHAHRI * This daily, affiliated to the Tehran Municipality, quoted
Ayatollah Mohammad-Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, as saying that the administration
should allocate one-fifth [the Islamic `Khoms'] of the revenues from national
resources to building mosques, seminaries and other religious activities.
Government budget is not the personal property of the authorities and it
should be used for religious purposes, he added.

No One Takes Charge to Inform Nation

SOBH-E EMROOZ * This leftist daily quoted Ali Younesi, minister of
intelligence, as saying that investigations on the serial murders is the
responsibility of Armed Forces Judicial Organization and the Intelligence
Ministry does not intervene in the issue. Head of the Armed Forces Judicial
Organization (AFJO) said previously that announcing the information about the
serial murders lies with the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC).

An informed source with the SNSC also stressed that the AFJO is responsible
in this regard.

Who Is Accountable?

AZAD * This pro-Khatami daily asked several questions and stressed that the
nation awaits the answers from a relevant organization, no matter it is the
AFJO or the SNSC: Why did former Intelligence Minister, Qorbanali Dorri
Najafabadi, resign his post? Why former Intelligence Minister, Ali Fallahian,
and head of the Islamic Revolution's Documents Center, Ruhollah Husseinian,
are not summoned and interrogated? What is the relation between the murder of
an Asseman Airline flight attendant and the Saeed Emami's gang? Was Emami
murdered or did he commit suicide? Why did Fallahian say he should come with
his boss if he is to be interrogated?

Why his boss is not asked to respond to these questions?

Rafsanjani Not to Eliminate Factions

ASR-E AZADEGAN * This reformist daily quoted Faezeh Hashemi, Majlis deputy
and daughter of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, as saying that if her father
decides to run for the Parliament it would only be for the benefit of the
system and not to eliminate a faction from the scene. When Rafsanjani makes
such a decision, the right wing may be benefitted, but he does not pay
attention to this issue.

Nouri Won't Request Pardon

ASR-E AZADEGAN * Mohsen Rahami, lawyer of Abdullah Nouri, Khordad daily's
managing director who has been sentenced to spend five years in jail on
charges including religious dissent, said Nouri has not yet appealed against
the court verdict, but he may do so in the 13 days left to the deadline if
any change is seen in the views of the Special Court for the Clergy (SCC). He
added that Nouri never requests for a pardon.

Violent Groups Praised

ARYA * This pro-Khatami daily reported that Hojjatoleslam Abbasali Akhtari,
Leader's representative in Semnan, acknowledged those who prevented Dr.
Habibollah Peyman from making a speech in the city.

He said that the move showed the youth of the city are lively and active.

Peyman is a religious and nationalist figure, who was wounded in an attack by
violent groups in Semnan last week. Peyman was in the city at the invitation
of Islamic Association of Semnan University to deliver a speech.

Mr. Jannati! Do You Recognize the U.N.?

PAYAM-E AZADI * Referring to the statement of Mohammad Jannati, head of the
Guardian Council, in Friday Payers, that "the United States does not
recognize the United Nations; it is a center where all differences between
countries are resolved," the newspaper said the same organization [U.N.]
which is recognized by Jannati has many times contemned Iran for its human
rights abuses in its resolutions; while Iranian politicians accuse the U.N.
of being a pawn of the United States and Israel. Jannati and his friends
should know that if the United States deserves being criticized for its
negligence of U.N. resolutions, Iranian politicians should be criticized
more, because they have been condemned by the United Nations for many years.

Whose Turn Is It Next Time?

SOBH-E EMROOZ * Ayatollah Sadeq Khalkhali, in a letter to Abdullah Nouri,
condemned the sentence issued by the SCC for Nouri and said that all the
clergy across the country regret the issue. After Mohammad Khoeiniha
[Salaam's managing director], Nouri is tried, and no one knows whose turn is
next time, he said.

President Not Aware of Murders Case

SOBH-E EMROOZ * Mohammad Atriyanfar, member of the Central Council of the
Executives of Construction Party, said the President is not aware of the
latest findings in the case of serial murders and no measure has been taken
so far to inform him of the facts.

Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 10:33:02 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: Tehran Mayor `Sorry to See' Nouri in Jail

Tehran Mayor `Sorry to See' Nouri in Jail

BY NADER ADABI

TEHRAN --- "Anything that may adversely affect the favorable political
climate, will naturally impede the attraction of foreign investments," says
Morteza Alviri, the mayor of Tehran.

In an exclusive interview with IRAN NEWS, he said: "Like many other
officials, I am very sorry to see a competent, able and caring manager, such
as Mr. Nouri to go to prison." Although, Alviri further underlined that as
mayor, he was not going to take any political stance on the issue.

He added he hopes the improvement in the nation's political climate and the
establishment of economic infrastructures, as well as the ratification of the
needed laws would enable Iran's Free Trade Zones (FTZs) to attract
considerable foreign investment.

Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 10:36:29 EST
From: Sohrab68@AOL.COM
Subject: MCNEE: Canada Won't Give in to Washington's Extra-Territorial Laws

MCNEE: Canada Won't Give in to Washington's Extra-Territorial Laws

* Canadian Credit Guarantees Bolster Iran-CanadianCooperation

* Iran Is a Key Regional Player

BY PARISA ALINIA

TEHRAN -- "Ottawa has its own foreign policy which is different from
Washington's and Canada will not accept [U.S.] extra-territorial laws or
implement economic sanctions against Iran," said John McNee, director general
for the Middle East Bureau at the Canadian Foreign Ministry here yesterday.

Prior to his departure from Tehran yesterday, while he was flanked by Terence
W. Colfer, the newly-appointed Canadian ambassador to Iran, McNee said that
he tried to promote expanded trade, political, cultural and people to people
contacts between the two sides. "Iran is a key country in the region and a
very important commercial partner for Canada," he underlined.

Further, "Ottawa is eager to expand political and economic ties with Tehran,"
noted McNee, adding that "we support President Khatami's proposal on
"Dialogue Among Civilizations." He further went on to point out that his
country praises Tehran's new foreign policy based on which "good relations
with the neighboring nations and active presence in the international
community" are emphasized.

During his short stay in Tehran, the Canadian Foreign Ministry official met
his Iranian counterparts Morteza Sarmadi and Mohammad Hussein Adeli, the
Iranian deputy for economic affairs.

Moreover, "the objectives of my first visit to Iran were to learn as much as
possible about the country, to continue the fruitful political dialogue
between Canada and Iran, and to promote the already dynamic commercial
partnerships between our two countries," commented McNee.

He added that Canada-Iran relations were expanding and he cited the
250,000-strong Iranian community in Canada in this regard.

Meanwhile, he stated that a number of bilateral visits by senior officials
from the two countries have been planned in the coming months including those
from the mining, agriculture and telecommunications sectors.

Elsewhere, the Canadian emissary termed his visit to Iran as positive
referring to his one-day trip to Isfahan and meeting with local businessman,
adding that the people in Isfahan hold very positive opinion on Canada.

The Canadian Export Development Corporation (CEDC) was in Tehran concurrently
with McNee's visit to augment credit guarantees for Canadian investment in
Iran, McNee said.

Furthermore, the official mentioned that the meeting in Isfahan gave him a
"deeper understanding and appreciation" of Iran. He concluded his remarks by
thanking Iran for the warm hospitality that he had received during his trip.

End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 5 Dec 1999 to 6 Dec 1999