The Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh says a decision has been reached to hold an international inquiry into the rule of the former Shah of Iran.
SCU INTERIOR Iranian Foreign Minister Qotbzadeh answering newsmen's questions while walking through corridor
SV & CU Distraught mother appealing to President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr to write letter on her son's behalf
SV Mother weeping and talking
SV Bani-Sadr signing letter
SV Newsmen questioning Bani-Sadr as he walks through corridor and leaves building
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Background: The Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh says a decision has been reached to hold an international inquiry into the rule of the former Shah of Iran. Mr. Qotbzadeh spoke to reporters in Teheran on Thursday (5 February) after a meeting of the ruling revolutionary council. Its members discussed a proposal by United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim for an international investigation of Iran's grievances against the Shah.
SYNOPSIS: As Mr. Qotbzadeh left the council meeting, he relayed the decision to hold the inquiry, but said the members of the commission would not be announced until it was formed. When asked by newsmen how many members the commission would have Mr. Qotbzadeh suggested they ask Dr. Waldheim. The United nations secretary-general proposed the inquiry after visiting Teheran last month. He was seeking a solution to the three-month-old crisis between Iran and the United States over the forty-nine hostage being held in the occupied United Stated States embassy.
The revolutionary council meeting was the first since the inauguration of Iran's first president, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr. As Mr. Bani-Sadr left the meeting, he was confronted by a distraught women who appealed to him to write a letter on her son's behalf. The woman said her son, in the final months of this medical studies, was being expelled from was sympathetic to the woman's request. He immediately wrote a brief letter, signed it and handed it to the woman, who broke into tears of gratitude and relief.
Mr. Bani-Sadr told reporters he would not comment further on the decision to from an international commission, except that it would be discussed again at a special council session on Wednesday (6 FEBRUARY). However, militant students holding the United States hostages have repeated they will only release the captives if the deposed Shah is returned to Iran to face trial.