The United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldhiem suddenly left Iran after a stormy three-day visit which failed to resolve the two month old crisis over the United States hostages held in Teheran.
GV Crowd with many banners outside United States Embassy in Teheran (2 shots)
LV Crowd at prayer meeting, chanting and SV members of crowd, at Teheran University (2 shots)
SV Members of crowd chanting and waving crutches
SV AND CU Ayatollah Ali Montazeri speaking to crowd (2 shots)
GV Crowd seated listening to Ayatollah
SV United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim surrounded by newsmen and officials, and Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Gotbzadeh at airport in Teheran (3 shots)
SV AND CU Kurt Waldheim in Zurich talking to newsmen in English (2 shots)
REPORTER: "Did you make any progress; how do you characterise your mission?"
WALDHEIM: "I think it has helped a lot because it has given me a much clearer picture of what is going on in Iran and the interlocutives I had with the Foreign Minister Qotbzadeh and the members of the Revolutionary Council like Ayatollah Behesti who is a leading figure in the Revolutionary Council, and with others with whom I spoke, have explained to me their position and of course I have tried to explain the views of the United Nations, of the international community, in other words my own views in relation to the hostages and the inter-related problems. We have on the one hand the Revolutionary Council, on the other hand the students. They do not always agree with each other. We have Ayatollah Khomeini sitting in Qom; so there is a deep, a very uncertain situation."
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Background: The United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldhiem suddenly left Iran after a stormy three-day visit which failed to resolve the two month old crisis over the United States hostages held in Teheran. Outside the U.S. Embassy, crowds continued to demand the return of the former Shah, now in Panama, while Dr Waldheim headed back to New York and meetings at the United Nations over the Afghanistan situation.
SYNOPSIS: Within hours of Dr Waldheim's departure to New York, Moslem students holding the 49 United States hostages in Teheren presented fresh demands, backed by another big demonstration outside the Embassy.
And the pressure was maintained by a large attendance at a regular prayer meeting held at Teheran University. There have been calls for Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh to hand over the U.S. Charge d'Affaires Bruce Laingen to the students for questioning. A student statement said responsibility for transferring him to what they called the 'nest of spies' is on the Foreign Ministry, where Mr Laingen has been since the occupation of the Embassy began.
During his three-day visit to Iran Dr Waldheim's activities were disrupted by demonstrations, and the Iranian authorities insisted that the visit could not amount to mediation, but just an exchange of views. And there was to be no meeting with the Ayatollah Khomeini. During his journey home he told newsmen the trip was worthwhile.