April 4, 2007

ONCE KHAMENEI STARTED CALLING THE SHOTS...:

Direct talks with regime lift hopes of deal (Julian Borger, Michael Howard in Baghdad and Ewen MacAskill in Washington, April 4, 2007, The Guardian)

British officials last night held direct talks for the first time with Iran's influential chief international negotiator on the 15 military personnel seized in the Gulf, raising hopes of breaking a 12-day stalemate.

Tony Blair said he believed both sides now wanted "an early resolution" to the stand-off, following the contact with Iran's national security council head, Ali Larijani.

"There have been further contacts between the United Kingdom and Iran this evening, including directly with Dr Ali Larijani," Downing Street said. "On the basis of these, the prime minister believes that both sides share a desire for an early resolution of this issue through direct talks."

Dr Larijani had earlier indicated that Iran wanted the matter resolved diplomatically, and called for a delegation to come to Iran to judge whether the crew had been in Iranian or Iraqi waters as a first precondition for their release.

Last night, a British delegation, probably consisting of naval officers, legal experts and diplomats, was standing ready to fly to Iran at short notice.


...the rest was easy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2007 7:53 AM
Comments

Yes the West has been totally humiliated. Time to end the situation.

Posted by: AWW at April 4, 2007 8:32 AM
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