Former Iranian Foreign Minister, Doctor Ibrahim Yazdi, said on Thursday (13 March) that the question of the United States hostages being held in Teheran was not the main issue of the forthcoming Iranian general election.
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV Dr. Ibrahim Yazdi being interviewed
ARLOTT: "And do you see the parliament quickly coming to a decision on the hostages?"
YAZDI: "I think so, yes. Depends on the decision. What do you mean?"
ARLOTT: "Well, either way."
YAZDI: "Well, the majority, they agree that the hostages should be tried."
ARLOTT: "Should be tried?"
YAZDI: "Yes. I can predict that would be the decision of the majority of the members of parliament."
ARLOTT: "All the hostages, or just those that there are documents against?"
YAZDI: "I don't know. My own opinion, which I have discussed with many, and they agree with me, is that the question is not the trial of these hostages -- it is American policy which should be tried."
ARLOTT: "Then, we don't you have them as witnesses, as has been suggested?"
YAZDI: "Well, they will be as witnesses too, but however, the end, or the verdict, is important, and you have to have something on hand to force Americans to accept their verdict -- compensation for the losses."
REPORTER: TIM ARLOTT
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Background: Former Iranian Foreign Minister, Doctor Ibrahim Yazdi, said on Thursday (13 March) that the question of the United States hostages being held in Teheran was not the main issue of the forthcoming Iranian general election. The first phase of the parliamentary elections, which have attracted more than three thousand candidates, was due to be held on Friday (14 March). The second round of elections for the new two-hundred-and-seventy-seat parliament is expected to take place on April the 4th. Doctor Yazdi said the main issue facing the new parliament was the reconstruction of the country's faltering economy. He spoke to Visnews reporter, Tim Arlott on the hostages' question.