French concern at arrests of Jews in Iran
PARIS, May 19 (AFP) - A French Jewish leader Wednesday called on foreign
minister Hubert Vedrine urgently to intervene over the reported arrest
of 22 Jews in Iran some weeks ago, about whom nothing has been heard since.
In a statement to AFP, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions
in France said it was concerned at the fate of the 22. There had been
no news of them since their arrest and the reasons for the arrests were
The council president, Henri Hajdenberg, had asked urgently for a meeting
with the Iranian ambassador to Paris, the statement said.
He had also sent a message to Vedrine asking him to intervene in the
Vedrine had telephone talks on the Kosovo crisis Wednesday with Iranian
foreign minister Kamal Kharazi. It was not known whether the question of
the reported arrests had arisen.