Iran and the United States agreed on Monday (18 February) on the composition of a five-member commission to investigate the alleged crimes of the former Shah of Iran.
GV Women demonstrators head parade past U.S. Embassy
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CU INTERIOR President of Iran Abolhassan bani-Sadr at microphone speaking
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GV Bani-Sadr speaking and crowd cheers end of speech
CU Son of Ayatollah Khomeini, Hojatoleslam Ahmad speaking in microphone, crowd cheers
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Background: Iran and the United States agreed on Monday (18 February) on the composition of a five-member commission to investigate the alleged crimes of the former Shah of Iran. A United Nations spokesman said U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim was still working on some aspects of a package deal aimed at securing the release of the 49 United States hostage in Teheran.
SYNOPSIS: While demonstrations continued outside the U.S. Embassy on Sunday (17 February), a student spokesman said any decision on the hostages would have to be endorsed by Iran's Revolutionary Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Moves to obtain the release of the hostages have been stalled by Iran's insistence on an apology from the United States for its past actions in the country.
Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr is at present as involved in tackling urgent domestic problems as in solving the crisis over the United States hostages. Two of Iran's revolutionary institutions, the Foundation for the Oppressed and the Revolutionary Prosecutor-General's office, are facing strikes. Mr. Bank-Sadr told a congress of his supporters in Teheran on Sunday (17 February) that those who sought to impose their demands by pressure, strikes or sit-ins would be opposed by the nation and by him.
The gathering, calling itself the Congress of the Islamic Revolution, cheered and applauded the president. The congress is organising a campaign for next month's parliamentary elections in an attempt to win a majority for the Iranian president. The meeting began approving candidates for some regions and drawing up an electoral platform closely mirroring the President's views.