Friday, July 02, 2004 > In Iraq -- Iran wants Saddam on trial for 1980-88 war > In Iraq -- Iran wants Saddam on trial for 1980-88 war: "Iran wants Saddam on trial for 1980-88 war

6:14 a.m. July 2, 2004
TEHRAN, Iran: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should be prosecuted for alleged crimes against Iran during a 1980-88 war in which the United States backed Iraq, former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Friday.

Saddam was told by an Iraqi judge in Baghdad Thursday that he would face charges relating to seven alleged crimes committed over three decades.
They related to his invasion of Kuwait in 1990, suppressing uprisings by Kurds and Shi'ites after the 1991 Gulf war, ethnic cleansing of Kurds in 1987-88 and gassing Kurdish villagers in 1988 but no mention was made of the 1980-88 war against Iran.
No reason was given as to why the Iran-Iraq war, in which nearly 1 million people from both sides died, was omitted.
'Why Saddam faces charges regarding several months of Kuwait occupation but not for the eight-year Iran-Iraq war?' Rafsanjani asked in a Friday prayers sermon in Tehran broadcast.
'The Iraqi court should review Saddam's crimes against Iran ... if not, it is because of America's orders,' Rafsanjani said.
After Saddam's capture in December, Iran said it was preparing a criminal complaint to present to any international court that might try him over the Iran-Iraq war.
Since its 1979 revolution, Iran's clerical establishment has had a policy hostile to the United States, which accuses Tehran of harboring terrorists and pursuing nuclear weapons. "

IRIB PERSIAN NEWS PAGE: UAE releases Iranian fishing crew

IRIB PERSIAN NEWS PAGE: "UAE releases Iranian fishing crew

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Abu Dhabi, July 1 - The United Arab Emirates said Thursday it had released a group of Iranian fishermen who had strayed into territorial waters, after Tehran freed some UAE fishermen arrested for the same reason.

'The Emirates took the initiative to free all the crew membersand their fishing boat ... preliminary investigations showed the ship's entry into Emirati territorial waters in the Persian Gulf was not intentional,' a Foreign Ministry spokesman was cited as saying by the state news agency wam."

Cuba and Iran Move Closer

: "Cuba, Iran to build Non-Aligneds

HAVANA, July 1 (AFP) - Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque and his Iranian counterpart Kamal Kharrazi said Thursday that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of countries should be strengthened.

The NAM is to meet in Havana at the end of 2005.

'We share with Iran the hope of a multipolar world, governed by multilateralism, with respect for the UN Charter, a world in which one country does not declare the right to launch unilateral preventive wars,' Perez Roque said in apparent allusion to the US war in Iraq.

Kharrazi said Cuba had endured 40 years of a US embargo because, 'You want to live your own lives and to live upon just principles.

'You do not back unilateralism and we also oppose unilateralism,' Kharrazi said.

Stricter embargo sanctions went into effect Thursday.

Cuba and Iran established diplomatic relations in 1975, but the Shah's government broke them one year later. After the Islamic Revolution, the ties were reestablished in 1979.

The two countries enjoy medical, biotechnology, construction, fishery, culture, trade, agriculture and sports exchanges.

Kharrazi arrived Thursday and was to meet Government Minister Ricardo Cabrisas on Friday."

Mehr News Agency English

Mehr News Agency English: "UNESCO Adds Irans Pasargadae To World Heritage List
TEHRAN July 2 (MNA) -- The Iranian ancient site of Pasargadae was added to the World Heritage list at the 28th session of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's World Heritage Committee on Thursday in Suzhoui, a city in eastern China.
Pasargadae is the fifth Iranian site to be registered in the list, after Persepolis, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Takht-e Suleiman, and Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

The UNESCO?s announcement said that Pasargadae was not only a historical and cultural heritage, but also a memorial of a sacred heritage to call different cultures and religions to mutual respect.

Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus II, the Great, in Pars, homeland of the Persians, in the 6th century B.C. Its palaces, gardens, and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the first phase of royal Achaemenid art and architecture and exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization.

?It?s a great day for Iranians and people of the world because the world community respects the human heritage of Cyrus, the Great by adding Pasargadae to the World Heritage List,? said Ahmad Jalali, the ambassador and permanent representative of Islamic Republic of Iran in UNESCO.

?This is a great signal for us that the sound of humanity and kindness will never get lost under the blue sky; today the sound which rose for human rights in Iran 2,500 years ago, is respectable for the world,? he added.

The charter of Cyrus, the Great (known as the Cyrus Cylinder), a baked-clay Aryan language cuneiform cylinder, was discovered in 1878 in excavation of the site of Babylon. Cyrus the Great ..."

Time right for India-Iran pipeline: Pak -

Time right for India-Iran pipeline: Pak - "Time right for India-Iran pipeline: Pak

Friday, 02 July , 2004, 16:47

Former Pakistani Oil Minister Usman Aminuddin on Friday made a strong appeal to India to consider importing natural gas from Iran through an onland pipeline passing through Pakistan.

'This is a project whose time has finally come. Pre-feasibility results are encouraging and project fundamentals are strong. It provides long-term energy supply to the mutual benefit of all parties,' he said, delivering a lecture on 'Present Status and Future Prospects for the Development of Oil and Gas Sector in South East Asia' here.
Advocating the involvement of private sector in the $1.8-billion pipeline project, he said New Delhi would get energy at affordable price and supplies would be guaranteed through inter-governmental agreements.
'Private sector participation would enhance the security of supply and markets by increasing pressure on governments to avoid unilateral acts that could close the pipeline,' he said. "

Iran: A land of history and rich culture

Gulf Daily News: "A land of history and rich culture

Iran, a land with more than 2,500 years of rich culture and history, is a living museum with its pre-Islamic monuments, great palaces, historical mosques, churches, ancient fire temples, vast mountain ranges and two vast deserts.
With all this in mind, I was set to make my first visit to the mainland of Iran and spend at least two weeks exploring and travelling from city to city.
Doubts arose from friends, colleagues and family about the wisdom of making the trip, but I wanted to prove them all wrong.
Armed with my Lonely Planet guidebook and useful information from the Concise Encyclopaedia of Islam I was all set.
A 21-day visa was secured after spending 72 hours on the Free Trade Zone Island of Kish by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at a cost of $78 (BD29.5)."