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May 19, 1981 - Image 12

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Page 12-Tuesday May 19, 1981-The Michigan Daily

American and
Iranian tribunal


opens talks


AP Photo
Happy Birthday
EXACTLY QNE YEAR has passed since the volcano in southwest
Washington spewed forth ash and lava on the surrounding countryside, yet
the terrain is still gray and ghostly. A cross was planted yesterday in the
barren land to remember the death of Harry Truman, the now-famous 83-
year-old who refused to vacate his lodge at Spirit Lake and died with an
estimated 59 others.

From AP and UPI
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -
American and Iranian arbitrators
opened their first formal talks yester-
day on the billions of dollars in claims
and counter-claims filed during the
hostage crisis.
The arbitration tribunal is part of the
agreement reached by former
President Jimmy Carter with Iran that
led to the release in January of the 52
U.S. Embassy employees held hostage
in Iran for 444 days.
GEORGE ALDRICH, one of the three
American arbitrators and a former
ambassador, called the talks with the
three Iranian representatives
"business-like, straightforward, con-
structive." He declined to give details
of the 7 -hour, closed-door session.
Another U.S. representative, New
York lawyer Howard Holtzmann, said
the arbitrators and two government
agents planned to work through the
week, but would not say whether they
would have formal sessions or informal
One of the topics at their first face-to-
face meeting in the Peace Palace was
the selection of candidates for three
neutral places on the tribunal, a U.S.
Embassy spokesman said. The Jan. 19
Algiers agreement called for equal
numbers of Iranian,. American and
third-party arbitrators.
UNDER THE agreement, the panel is
to make "final and binding" rulings on
all of the claims bycompanies and in-
dividuals against the two governments,
a process that officials said could take
years to complete.
It was expected that the tribunal,
which must be ready to begin work by
July 19, will face more than 2,000 U.S.
claims against the government of Iran
with a face value in excess of $3 billion,
It was not known how many Iranian
claims would be lodged against the
United States.
The Algiers agreement specifically
excludes claims by former hostages
and American government claims con-

A ldrich
...talks "constructive"
nected with the U.S. Embassy com-
pound in Tehran from the business of
the tribunal,
VAREKAMP SAID THAT in their fir-
st round of talks, the American and
Iranian delegations were charged with
the definition of the rules and decisions
on the exact composition of the
Diplomats said the tribunal's work
could last months, possibly years.
The American officials involved have
come to the Netherlands with their
families and are leasing homes in the
city, diplomats said.
THE THREE independent American
arbitrators are George Aldrich,
Richard Mosk and Howard Holtzmann.
The American government agent, who
will present claims of less than $250,000
on behalf of the claimants, is State
Department legal adviser Arthur
Varekamp said the Iranian ar-
bitrators are Mahmoud Kashani,
Hossein Enayat and Shafi Shafie and
the Iranian government agent is
Mohammad Karim Eshragh.

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discussed a "rediscovery"
by its citizens - "Americ
fidence," he called it. "The
of the American spirit."l
plied this to the need for str
defense and the "remark
sus" of Americans that th
"The issue is not whethe
strengthen America," he
how quickly we can do so.
not whether we should de
terests abroad, but how vi
can do so."
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action" in American fore
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;e 3) "First, we shall insist on greater
restraint and reciprocity in East-West
Haig first relations," he began. In doing this, "we
of America must act to restrain the Soviet Union
a's new con- and its surrogates," he continued,
resurgence making his first of two specific referen-
He then ap- ces to the Soviet Union - the focal point
ong national of Haig's four-month tenure at the State
able consen- Department.
is should be "Our second line of action is to rein-
vigorate our alliances and frien-
er we should dships," he said. "Our allies and frien-
said, "but ds are deeply appreciative of a more
The issue is robust American leadership, but also
fend our in- one more sensitive to their interests."
gorously we RELATIONS WITH THE Third
World was Haig's fourth foreign policy
main lines of component. He compared contributions
'ign policy, to developing countries by the East and
West and stated, "Weswill encourage
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