The Shah of Iran has warned that the situation in the Horn of Africa could pose a threat to the security of his country.
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SHAH: "We have said that we respect international frontiers, borders of the African states, and on the other hand we have said that if Ethiopia crosses the internationally recognised borders of Somalia, we could not remain indifferent."
REPORTER: "Does not remaining indifferent mean that again you would be prepared to intervene if asked?"
SHAH: "Well I can't say that now...today. But by not remaining indifferent you have got to understand why; because if the same organisation, the same set-up controls Berbera, across from Aden, our life-line communication might be threatened, because if all adopt a policy, an attitude, like Aden towards my country, so we know what we are going to expect.
The West will certainly die before you have found other sources of energy. If your access to the energy of this part of the world for the next 25 years, or 30 years, is denied to you, you will just die. I think it was not difficult to see that. What we were gaining for instance by increasing five percent or 13 percent the price of our oil, we were losing about 30 to 40 percent in world-wide inflation. In some cases we know that when the prices of oil had increased about say four folds from a very unjust low price to real price, but we have been punished by about a 400 percent increase in what we had to buy from the industrial countries."
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Background: The Shah of Iran has warned that the situation in the Horn of Africa could pose a threat to the security of his country. One reason, he said, was because it might put an unfriendly government on the south coast of the Gulf of Aden. He was speaking to Richard Kershaw in an interview for the British Broadcasting Corporation's "Newsday" programme.