The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 23, 1980-Page 7
TO MEET WITH WALDHEIM ON IRANIAN CRISIS
Syrian readies for talks
By The Associated Press
Syrian diplomat Adih Taoudy went to Geneva
yesterday for talks with U.N. Secretary-General Kurt
Waldheim in preparation for his mission to negotiate
a settlement of the hostage crisis in Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghotbzadeh,
meanwhile, returned to Tehran from a 39-nation
Islamic foreign ministers' conference in Pakistan
where Iran won unanimous support in a condem-
nation of last month's aborted U.S. hostage rescue at-
BHOTBZADEH SAID the resolution "was one of
the most important resolutions of the conference. It
was the only important political resolution passed
unanimously. This is a great victory for us."
He also told reporters at Mehrabad airport he
would consider making a formal protest to the Soviet
Union over an alleged violation of Iranian air space
by Afghan aircraft this week.
Waldheim chose Daoudy, a member of the five-
man U.N. commission that visited Iran last March, to
make the new trip to Iran-the latest U.N. effort to
win freedom for the 53 Americans held captive for 201
THE COMMISSION looked into Iranian grievances
against deposed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and
the tnited States, but that effort to work out a
soultion failed when Iran refused to let the com-
mission talk with the hostages.
Waldheim said Daoudy was being sent this time to
"prepare for" the commission's return to Iran.
Iranian officials said they will not discuss the
hostages with Daoudy.
Meanwhile, in Turkey, Premier Suleyman Demirel
said in an interview yesterday that the NATO mem-
ber will not join the trade embargo against neigh-
boring Iran, but will continue to work as an "honest
middleman" to secure the release of the hostages.
"WE HAVE VERY strong ties with the people of
Iran and I think a window should be kept open," the
Turkish leader told the Associated Press.
He said holding the hostages is "uncivilized" and
"immoral" and called the captors "gangsters." He
wondered, however, whether the embargo would "be
helpful" in bringing about their release.
"I still think the people of Iran as people should not
be taken as enemies of the United States," he said,
suggesting that stronger action could drive Iran into
the lap of the Soviet Union.
TURKEY, IN ITS strategic position bordering the
Soviet Union and with a string of U.S. listening posts
and bases, takes a cautious attitude in East-West
Several Western countries have noted that the U.S.
boycott and limited trade sanctions adopted by nine
Common Market countries last weekend could easily
be circumvented by re-export to Iran of Western im-
ports to Turkey.
Tehran radio said yesterday the Revolutionary
Council had announced that members of Iran's new
parliament would meet Sunday with revolutionary
leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and on Monday
and Tuesday would be "briefed on the situation in the
country." The parliament, which Khomeini has said
will decide the fate of the hostages, will be
inaugurated Wednesday. The radio did not say when
the parliament would consider the hostage question.
THE BROADCAST, monitored in London, also
quoted a council spokesman as saying it "will con-
tinue its work until the maijls (parliament) opens. A
definite date for the termination of its work will be
At the Islamic conference in Islamabad, Ghot-
bzadeh included some Afghan rebels in the Iranian
delegation to the conference. He suggested there that
the helicopter incursion was linked to that decision.
The Islamic conference condemned the Soviet
military intervention in Afghanistan.
Iranian authorities said Afghan government
helicopters crossed the Iranian border twice in the
last few days, firing on houses and killing one Afghan
near the border town of Tayebad in Khorassan
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