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willing to make concessions, he ruled
out accepting blame for the U.S. role in
restoring the shah to the throne in Iran
in 1953. However, this left open the
possibility that the United States could
make some carefully worded statement
about U.S. support for the shah during
his 37-year reign. '
President Carter has offered to
establish a military and economic
relationship with Iran, once the
hostages are released, but there would
have to be credible guarantees from the
Iranians that technicians who deliver
equipment would not become hostages
At the United Nations, a spokesman
for Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim
said negotiations were at "a very
delicate and sensitive stage," and that
"some details of the timing and the
composition of the inquiry commission
will still have to be worked out."
BUT, THE spokesman added, he
hoped to announce the members of the
commission "very soon" - perhaps as
early as today.
President Carter said during his
televised news conference Wednesday
night that Washington was ready to ac-
cept an "appropriate' international
commission to resolve the situation.
In Tehran yesterday, 11 of the 50
members of an unofficial American
group in Tehran went to the U.S, Em-
bassy and met with two of the hostages.
Former Georgia state legislator Clint
Deveaux told The Atlanta Journal
telephone, "We had a lengtt
discussion with them. They were in
good shape I think." He did not identify
the hostages the group had seen.
ADMINISTRATION officials said
plans are well underway for physical
care of the hostages, once they are
released. The 13 captiyes freed earlier
spent several days in Wiesbaden, West
Germany, before flying home.
One official said that even when th
hostages are returned to American co
trol, they will go through at least a week
of decompression before returning
Waldheim, who has been prepared to
appoint a commission on short notice,
expects the group to spend about two
weeks in Iran and then prepare a report
on its findings, informed sources said.
, THE COMMISSION would be a
mixed group of six to ten government
representatives and private citizens
known as experts in the human righ
field, diplomatic sources said.
In Rome, Iranian Foreign Minister
Sadegh Ghotbzadeh said an inter-
national commission of inquiry into the
deposed shah's regime was just the
"first step" before the hostages in the
U.S. Embassy in Tehran could be
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Fighting continues between.
Soviets and Afghan rebels
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widespread reports of Red Army troops
fighting mutineers since the Soviet in-
tervention began in December. Afghan
soldiers reportedly have gone over to
the side of Moslem rebels fighting the
Soviet-backed government of Babrak
Karmal, which took over in a Dec. 27
coup against Hafizullah Amin.
The diplomatic reports said the
Soviet armored column came under
heavy rebel attack early this week in
the northeastern province of
Badakshan while approaching the
rebel-surrounded Afghan army
garrison in the provincial capital,
The reports said the Soviets suffered
severe casualties when they were at-
tacked after crossing the Pamir River
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marking the border near the town of
Harog in Soviet Turkmenistan.
FAYZABAD, in the foothills of the
Hindu Kush Mountains 200 miles nor-
theast of Kabul, is under control of loyal
Afghan troops, the sources said, but th
town itself is completely surround
and cut off by rebel forces.
The status of Karmal, who is not
known to have been seen in public for
more than a week, remained obscure.
There were reports of dissension within
IN CAIRO, Egyptian Defense
Minister Kamal Hassan Ali revealed on
Wednesday that Egypt is training
Afghan rebels, as the Soviets have
charged, and would arm them befor
sending them home to fight Russian
Ali told reporters in Cairo it was
training Afghans, but not where or how
many. "Egypt is training some of them
to some extent," in a project President
Anwar Sadat approved last month, he
In Geneva the United Nations Human
Rights Commission approved a
Pakistan-initiated resolution calling for
worldwide withdrawal of recogniti
for the new Afghanistan regime.
urged all U.N. member states to cut off
assistance to the regime until Soviet
troops left the country.
IN A ROLL call vote, 27 members of
the commission voted in favor, eight
states voted against, and six abstained.
Among those who abstained were
Yugoslavia and India. Syria was the
only country to vote with the East
European bloc and its two allies, Cub
and Ethiopia, against the resolutio
Latin American and most Third World
states voted with the West. Iran was
one of 11 co-sponsors of the Pakistan
In other developments:
- An Afghan observer delegate to the
Geneva meeting said persons who had
fled his country could "no longer be
considered refugees," since they had
been invited to return to their homeland
after the establishment of the Karmal
- Pakistan's foreign office said
yesterday that Mukhtar Hassan, a staff
correspondent of Karachi's Urdu
language newspaper Jasarat had been
arrested in Kabul Feb. 10. No reason for
the arrest was given.
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