Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Barnet Times: Looney British MP seeks to Coddle Terrorists

Iran Pair Plea (from Barnet Times): "told by the Iranian authorities that the pair were arrested on Syria's border with Iraq in possession of US$1million and documentation which was intended to help spread the network of a banned terror organisation, the People's Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI), which opposes the Iranian government. The group is listed as a terrorist organisation by the UK and the USA.
Mr Griffiths said: 'It is clear that they were arrested near the Iraq-Syria border. There is an issue about the money but it's pretty vague. They are members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran an umbrella organisation that counts the PMOI as one of its members, so they were not surprised that they are being kept in prison.'
Mr Griffiths added that the men appeared to be being treated well in prison." Iran, ireland stress promotion of cooperation "Iran, ireland stress promotion of cooperation

Iran and Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday stressed the importance of promoting Tehran-Dublin cooperation in all fields.
Foreign Minister Dr Kamal Kharrazi, in a meeting with his Irish counterpart Brian Cowen, pointed to deep-rooted ties between the two states and their differing cultures which nonetheless favor expansion of ties in line with their interests.
Pointing to the recent visit by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed ElBaradei to Tehran, the Iranian minister said ElBaradei was briefed on Iran`s constructive activities and cooperation with the agency.
Normalization of Tehran-IAEA ties should be on the agenda now and European states should take measures to encourage cooperation relative to Iran`s peaceful use of nuclear technology, he noted.
Kharrazi, assessing the current situation in Iraq, said that it is `disappointing,` adding that `the European Union should play a moreactive role in settling the crisis in this country and power handed over to the people at the earliest."

Yahoo! News - Iran Frees British Sailors After Two Days

Yahoo! News - Iran Frees British Sailors After Two Days: "Iran Frees British Sailors After Two Days

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran released eight British sailors detained for illegally entering Iranian waters two days earlier, but said Wednesday it was keeping their three boats.

'The eight British sailors, including six soldiers and two ranking military officials, have been released,' a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told The Associated Press. She said that while they were no longer detained, the sailors had not yet been handed over to British authorities. She gave no further details.
State-run television reported that the sailors would leave Iran without the three military patrol boats and some unspecified equipment.
The men were detained Monday in the Shatt al-Arab waterway that runs along the Iran-Iraq (news - web sites) border as they were delivering a patrol boat for the new Iraqi Riverine Patrol Service. The waterway is known in Iran as the Arvand River.
A top military official had said the sailors were being released because their intrusion into Iran's waters was apparently a mistake. Two of the sailors had been shown on Iranian TV on Tuesday, blindfolded and seated cross-legged on the ground.
'My name is Sergeant Thomas Harkins from the British Royal Marines. I do apologize for entering Iranian territorial waters,' the one said on Al-Alam, an Arabic-language station. "

Air France Flights Welcomed in Iran

Persian Journal Iran News - Latest Iran News, news Tehran Iranian News persian news web site sport irani news iranians site farsi women sport woman, newspaper football: "Air France Flights Welcomed in Iran
Jun 23, 2004, 09:38

Air France that resumed last week nonstop commercial flights between Paris and Tehran after a seven-year halt is facing rapturous welcome from Iranians who are willing to fly to the French capital.

'70% of Tehran-Paris flights have been reserved for the coming three months. Air France predicts to carry around 40,000 passengers between Tehran and Paris in ten months,' Air France chief Jean-Cyril Spinetta told reporters during a visit to mark the resumption of Air France flights between Paris and Tehran.

The French airline struck Tehran off its list of destinations in 1997 because of the poor profitability of the route. But growing foreign investment opportunities in Iran have seen increased demand for seats in recent years. Air France offers three direct flights a week, the first of which landed at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport on June 15. Spinetta said: 'Iran and France have seen their exchanges grow in recent years. "