The Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, claims that the American hostages held in Iran since last November will eventually be released - provided forceful means of getting them out are not used again.
SV Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, Spanish Socialist leader, Felipe Gonzalez, Swedish Socialist Party leader, Olaf Palme, Iranian official and Iranian President bani-Sadr seated during discussion in Teheran.
CU Bani-Sadr ZOOM UP TO party seated talking.
SV Bani-Sadr at table.
CU Party in room.
CU Iranian Foreign Minister, Sadeq Qotbzadeh.
SV Group seated talking. (2 SHOTS)
SV GREECE: Kreisky arriving in Greece and being greeted by officials.
CU Kreisky speaking to reporter in English.
KREISKY: "This was a visit to establish contact in general, to understand more about what is going on in Teheran, and Iran more about the Islamic Revolution, about the goals of the Revolution, about the problems - about everything. Of course, we discussed also all other aspects. One of these aspects was the question of the hostages. But I have so say - I have to express myself in a very cautious way - this was one of the many, many questions we discussed."
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Background: The Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, claims that the American hostages held in Iran since last November will eventually be released - provided forceful means of getting them out are not used again. Dr. Kreisky was speaking soon after his arrival in Greece on Tuesday (27 May), after completing a two-day fact-finding mission in Iran. He was accompanied on the mission by Swedish Opposition leader, Olaf Palme, and the Spanish Socialist Party leader, Felipe Gonzalez.
SYNOPSIS: The European Socialist leaders spent their final day in Teheran conferring with Iranian leaders - among them President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr. Dr. Kreisky said later he believed the iranian government was fully aware of the consequences stemming from the continued holding of the American hostages. But, he warned, if another attempt was made to free the hostages by force then the results would be harmful to everyone concerned -- including the international community and 'the cause of peace'.
Iran's Foreign Minister, Sadeq Qotbzadeh, said the visit by the Socialist leaders might help to alleviate the crisis between his country and the United States. But Mr. Qotbzadeh warned that any attempts at mediation were bound to fail until the U.S.dealt with what he called the 'causes of the crisis, rather than its effects'.
When Dr. Kreisky arrived in Athens he said he was convinced that if there was no outside interference in Iran and no further use of force, the American hostages would eventually be released.