In Iran, the clashes between government soldiers and armed Turkoman rebels continue. On Tuesday (3?
In Iran, the clashes between government soldiers and armed Turkoman rebels continue. On Tuesday (3 April), Iranian armed forces moved unopposed into the town of Gonbad Kavus, near the Soviet border, after a nigh of heavy street fighting. The Turkomans, who are Sunni Moslems, are seeking autonomy from Iran, which is ruled by Shi'ite Moslems.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday (2 April), a vast crowd gathered in the holy city of Qom. the occasion was a meeting between religious leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Archbishop Hilarion Capucci -- the Greek Catholic Prelate who spent three years in an Israeli jail for supplying guns to Palestinian guerrillas.
The meeting between the two men came a day after the Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed Iran an Islamic Republic, saying the people had unanimously approved it. Although official results of the two-day referendum were not yet at hand, there was little doubt that there was a landslide vote in favour.
Officials said the main reason for the visit by Archbishop Capucci was to offer formal congratulations on the revolution which toppled the Shah. Archbishop Capucci is a member of al Fatah and is an advisor to Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chief, Yasser Arafat, who visited Iran in February this year.
The PLO has forged close ties with the Ayatollah and has helped train many of the guerrillas who battled against the Shah's forces. Archbishop Capucci was released from jail in Israel in 1977, following an agreement between israel and the Vatican. he was then assigned to South America, but recently he returned to the Middle East -- without permission from Vatican authorities.