Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh will go to the occupied United States Embassy on Saturday (8 March) to take custody of the forty-nine American hostages held there, his office reported on Friday night (7 March).
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Background: Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh will go to the occupied United States Embassy on Saturday (8 March) to take custody of the forty-nine American hostages held there, his office reported on Friday night (7 March). The statement said Mr. Qotbzadeh, acting as a representative of the Revolutionary Council, would also take charge of the Embassy, which has been held by Moslem, students since November fourth. A spokesman for the students said the militants were studying the statement, after trying to drum up support for their anti-U.S. cause in front of the Embassy. Meanwhile election rallies continue.
SYNOPSIS: A large crowed assembled in Teheran' Liberty Square on Friday (7 March) to hear left-wing candidates campaign for the Parliamentary elections later this month. There was a brief rock-throwing incident when the crowd was attacked by Moslem extremists, but there was no major confrontation.
It is the candidates who win the parliamentary seats who will in the end determine the fate of the U.S. hostages. In the short-term, Mr. Qotbzadeh has said they will probably be moved out of the Embassy on Saturday (8 March) but he didn't say where, or when the United Nations Commission would see them.
The students had warned of conditions attached to the hand-over of the hostages, but when they failed to get the massive public support expected on Friday, it seemed unlikely they would go back on their word. The biggest crowd out side the Embassy walls was a group of one thousand Revolutionary Guards, gathered there to celebrate Ayatollah Khomeini's return to health. They sacrificed a camel -- traditionally the most expensive and important animal sacrifice that can be made. Armed revolutionary guards had to push back the chanting crowds to keep control.
The ritual ceremonies done, the Revolutionary Guards carved the meat into pieces for more practical use in family kitchens.