Common Market Foreign Minister agreed on Tuesday (22 April) to back United States President Jummy Carter in his dispute with Iran over the hostages held in the U.S. embassy in Teheran.
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CU French Foreign Minister Jean Francois-Poncet speaking with colleagues
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Background: Common Market Foreign Minister agreed on Tuesday (22 April) to back United States President Jummy Carter in his dispute with Iran over the hostages held in the U.S. embassy in Teheran. But the ministers became bogged down in details when they discussed how to impose sanctions on Iran. Meanwhile in Switzerland, International Olympic Committee members were discussing threats to boycott the Moscow Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: The Foreign Minister began their talks in Luxembourg by examining a British plan proposing immediate symbolic measures followed by an embargo on all trade, except for and medicines, unless the embassy hostages were released. The plan also involved reducing the number of the diplomatic staff in Iran and halting imports of Iranian oil.
Common Market countries had been urged to follow President Carters lead in cutting off economic and diplomatic ties to pressurize the Iranians into releasing the hostages held since the 4th of November. President Carter announced sanctions after months of negotiation broke down.
Informed sources said the ministers had reached basic agreement on the plan, drawn up by English Foreign Minister Lord Carrington. The sources said the ministers wanted to avoid wording a statement which would call in question either national sovereignty or the Community's fundamental principles. It is also reported that the French Foreign Minister Jean Francois Poncet persuaded other ministers to drop the embargo of Iranian oil since Iran would cut off supplies anyway once the EEC measures were announced. Meanwhile executive members of the International Olympic Committee were meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland to decide whether to follow the United States example in boycotting the Moscow Olympics in July. Thy boycott is in protest at the Soviet Union's intervention in Afghanistan.
Prince Philip, the British President of the International Equestrian Federation joined in the protest against government pressure for a Games boycott but said he would not be going.
The IOC executive committee reiterated its determination to go ahead with the Games but said athletes whose countries had joined the boycott, would not be allowed to compete as individuals.