Thursday, October 29, 1998 / Aban 7, 1377, No. 594
Iran's legal position in the Caspian Sea may be summarized as follows: (a) the division of the Caspian into bands of territorial waters in which each state would have exclusive sovereignty over the water, seabed, subsoil and air space, and (b) equitable (no longer necessarily equal) apportionment of the outer seabed and subsoil into national sectors for the purpose of exploitation of oil and gas resources. Iran continues to insist, as before, on the freedom of navigation and fisheries in waters situated outside of a state's territorial waters. Because of the recent flexibility shown in Iran's position, the issue of Caspian's future legal regime appears much closer to resolution that one might expect.
The documents which historically have addressed the issue of Iran's territorial sovereignty in the Caspian consist of the 1723 Treaty of Alliance between Iran and Russia and the August 1962 Iran-Soviet memorandum signed by Iranian foreign minister, Abbas Aram, and Soviet ambassador at Tehran, Nikolai Pegov. In the first document, Iran ceded to Russia the length of the Caspian Sea. The treaties that later in 1725, 1732, 1813, 1828, 1881, 1893, 1921, 1954, and 1957 established the Iran-Russian and Iran-Soviet land boundaries would refer to the Caspian only in terms of where the land boundary in the west ended and the land frontier in the east began. No treaty restored to Iran any part of the Caspian Sea until the Aram-Pegov memorandum in 1962.... GO TO FEATURE
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Rael was a car-race journalist in 1973 in France when he was contacted by extra-terrestrials (Elohim). Yahweh, the president of the Elohim, met with Rael in person first on Dec. 13, 1973, and again on Oct. 7, 1975, and entrusted Rael with a fantastic message, a summary of which follows.
The message: Elohim are human beings like us but scientifically and technologically much more advanced than us. They live on another planet not far from the Earth but outside of our solar system... MEET RAEL, THE NEW PROPHET
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U.S. condemns arrests in Iran
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department accused Iran of persecuting
members of the Baha'i faith and urged that death sentences against six Baha'i
prisoners be set aside. More than 500 homes and office buildings owned or
rented by Iranian Baha'is have been raided and at least 36 faculty members
from a Baha'i institute arrested, deputy spokesman James Foley said Thursday...
Tehran to celebrate 1,000th Friday prayers since revolution
TEHRAN, Oct 29 (AFP) -Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
will personally lead weekly mass prayers in Tehran on Friday to mark the
thousandth such ceremonies here since the 1979 Islamic revolution, the news
media announced Thursday. Communal prayers have been held every Friday throughout
Iran since the revolution, led by clerics representing Khamenei, who is
the top political and religious authority in Iran... FULL TEXT
Rumor: Postponing local council elections
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - There is talk among right-wing
members of the Majlis to postpone local council elections for a year in
order to find a way to prevent moderates from gaining control. The election
has been planned for next February ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN...
Tehran, (HAMSHAHRI) - The head of a private company has been fined 490 billion rials (6,680 rials = 1 dollar) and sentenced to jail for "trading... and trasferring foreign currency" out of the country (no more details).
Young chess players march ahead
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This virtual gallery in Tehran "serves as an open site for established and emerging visual artists in Iran to display their work. The art is great, but the web site design work is absolutely terrific.
"Khar-e issa beh aasemaan naravad."
(Jesus's donkey will not go to heaven." = Being associated with the great will not bring greatness.)
From Yousef Jamshidi-pour's "Zarbol masalhaa-ye shirin-e faarsi"
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