Iran and the United States agreed on Monday (18 February) to the composition of a five-man Inquiry Commission to investigate alleged crimes by the former Shah of Iran.
GV INTERIOR U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance arrives and enters lift
GV United Nations Spokesman Rudolf Stajduhar speaking in English (3 shots)
GV Mr. Vance and United Nations Secretary -General Kurt Waldheim seated speaking
CU Mr. Vance speaking at U.N. in English
STAJDUHAR: "Both sides accepted the composition of the Enquiry Commission. There are some purely technical aspects to the clarified."
VANCE: "Let me say how deeply I appreciate the very effective and hard work which the Secretary-General and his colleagues have devoted to this critical problem."
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Background: Iran and the United States agreed on Monday (18 February) to the composition of a five-man Inquiry Commission to investigate alleged crimes by the former Shah of Iran. There were hopes in the United States that the move could eventually mean freedom for the embassy hostages held in Teheran. The Commission was expected to assemble in Geneva, probably on Wednesday (20 February) shortly after the members were to be announced by the United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim.
SYNOPSIS: The United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, made a surprise visit to the United Nations on Monday (18 February) to meet Dr. Waldheim. In another part of the building, U.N. spokesman Rodolf Stajduhar, broke the news of the agreement between Iran and the United States.
Dr. Waldheim and Mr. Vance spent more than five hours together discussing the United Nations Commission and later MR. Vance expressed his gratitude.