Iran's Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh has continued to advocate the establishment of an international commission to investigate Iranian charges against the deposed Shah, although he says the United States has done all it can to block the proposal.
SV ZOOM TO SCU Iran's Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh speaking in English (2 shots)
QOTBZADEH: "Let us now go to the other extreme and try to determine the course of action and even the decision for this commission. Let us recommend a free commission but, sort of agree that this commission has some authority and its reports are of some value and be acted upon. And we will proceed afterwards, instead of now trying to discuss all the angles: what is shorter than what, what is longer than that. Let us no discuss about it. Let us discuss first things first, and this is the way we can go towards the solution."
REPORTER: "Right, now the first step in your view then would be an international commission, or an international tribunal, whoever it might be called, one that might be composed of members acceptable to the government of Iran, and presumably to the militants inside the embassy as well..."
QOTBZADEH: "No, not necessarily, we are not going to consult with them."
REPORTER: "So the government will decide that. And do you think the government of Iran might agree to accept the findings of this commission or tribunal regardless of what they are, in other words, your government would say, 'OK, we believe these are sincere, honest people on the tribunal and we will accept their ruling'. Is that possible?"
QOTBZADEH:"Well, obviously, because when we agree that they are honest men with dignified backgrounds, then we accept the findings."
REPORTER: "You said the militants inside the embassy do not have to approve the tribunal, but obviously Imam Khomeini himself would, that correct?"
QOTBZADEH: "Well, he had delegated this authority to the Revolutionary Council and myself, and therefore we are acting upon his approval."
REPORTER: "So that the militants, since they say they follow the line or the Imam, they should accept that tribunal?"
QOTBZADEH: "Well, obviously, because that has been agreed upon and discussed a long time ago, and that has been sort of discussed. With the Revolutionary Council, with the right hand as President, through up the discussion between Mr. Waldheim and myself, said that has been decided upon. I have put it to His Eminence Imam, we agreed upon the line, is there, the purpose is there, there are no discrepancies in that."
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Background: Iran's Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh has continued to advocate the establishment of an international commission to investigate Iranian charges against the deposed Shah, although he says the United States has done all it can to block the proposal. He says the United States hostages held in Teheran cannot be released unless the former Shah is returned. But Mr. Qotbzadeh said the Iranian government would adopt the recommendations of an international commission set up to help resolve the conflict.