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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - March 8, 1980, Biddeford, Maine Tehran Iran up a foreign minister Sadegh Ghotb Zadeh said Friday the ruling revolutionary Council May take the american hostages in the . Embassy into its custody this weekend and move them to a secret location for questioning by the . Commission investigating the Shah a regime. But a potential Snag developed when the embassy militants demanded television time to explain their position and a meeting with the Council before the hostages Are transferred the italian news Agency Ansa said. Thousands of iranians demonstrated outside the occupied . Embassy compound where they Slit the Throat of a Camel a a sacrifice of thanksgiving for the recovery of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a and implored the militants holding the 50 hostages not to turn them Over to the Council. A spokesman for the militants affirmed they would surrender the hostages now in Snag develops As time nears for move from . Embassy their 125th Day of Captivity. But he said he was certain Khomeini a would not permit the hostages to go to the United states until the Shah comes Back to the spokesman said the militants who seized the embassy nov. 4, intend to remain there because they want to keep the documents and classified embassy files As proof of the Quot american governments policies towards in Paris a member of the five Man . Commission investigating the Shah said he hoped to meet with the hostages on sunday or monday. Louis Edmond Pettiti an International Law expert who returned to Paris for a one Day business trip said he expected the iranian regime to set a definite time and place for the meeting by saturday night. Iranian authorities have said the hostages will be brought before the commission As witnesses to answer questions relating to Iran a grievances against the Shah. But Pettiti said the commission wants the meeting to be of a a a humanitarian nature a held in private without the presence of iranian officials. A we will be Able to meet with All the hostages. We will be Able to talk with them the militants announced on thursday they were turning Over a the american spies to the Council. The breakthrough came hours after the . Commission threatened to Call off its investigation and leave Iran because the militants refused to let members visit the hostages. In Washington and at the United nations in new York officials reacted cautiously to the news fearful that substantive comments could Hurt the still delicate efforts to resolve the crisis. They cautioned that turning the americans Over to the revolutionary Council did not mean they were free to leave Iran or that they would not still be hostages. . Ponders conciliatory gesture Washington up american policymakers Are considering a conciliatory gesture to Iran if moslem militants keep their Promise and hand Over . Hostages to the ruling revolutionary Council diplomatic sources said Friday. But the sources said sentiment at the state department appears to be against any major concessions while the 50 americans remain in iranian hands. A i think ifs illogical to Issue a profusion of thanks for holding our hostages Over too Days a one source said. A a that a my personal opinion of course but i believe its the general feeling around the another source citing the administrations recent about face on a United nations vote involving Israel pointed out that the final decision will be made at the White House not the state department. Iranian foreign minister Sadegh Ghotb Zadeh said Friday the hostages May be moved out of the . Embassy saturday to a spot where they could be interviewed by the . Commission now in Iran. The Washington Post in a report from the United nations said Friday Iran expects conciliatory gestures from the United states if the militants occupying the embassy give the hostages to the iranian government. The newspaper quoting . Officials said such a move would not be part of the a package deals worked out by . Mediators but would expedite final release of the captives. Diplomatic sources said senior officials at the state department have been trying to decide whether to make such an overture if the embassy militants keep their word and give up control of the hostages. A a it a Safe to assume that officials Are considering All possibilities including that one a a source said. A but nothing has been decided. What a the sense when the hostages Are still at the embassy. Nothing has really diplomatic observers said conciliatory gestures could Range from a statement of thanks for a hostage Transfer to an apology for past . Policy. . Officials played Down the possibility of an imminent hostage Transfer expressing doubts that a anything significant would take place until sunday. Senior officials were hesitant to make anything but the most cautious comments about the iranian situation until the islamic militants at the embassy actually hand Over the americans to the revolutionary Council. Quot we be commented on things like this before and they did no to work out a one diplomatic source said. A a we be ended up being left out on a limb. We done to want that happening families guard against false Hopes by Jack Lesar United press International families of americans held hostage in Tehran Are All too familiar with a a breakthroughs and disappointments. They did not Rush to order Champagne when militants agreed to surrender the hostages to the iranian government. A it is just like you hear a Bunch of cackling in the barn but when you go Down you can to find an egg a said Zane Hall of Little Falls Minn. Halls son Joseph a military attache is among the hostages in the . Embassy at Tehran. A it does no to really mean anything to me that they Are handing them Over to that other revolutionary Council a Hall said. A they Are still in the hands of iranians and they Are All nutty As militant students holding the hostages since nov. 4 said thursday they would turn Over the Opta Tives to Iran a ruling revolutionary Council. David Engelmann brother of hostage it. Cmdr. Robert Engelmann of Hurst Texas called the militants move a a positive step but As far As immediate release who knows a a a we be pretty much gotten to the Point where Well believe something when we see it a Engelmann said. A we done to let ourselves go up and Down. After a while we stopped letting ourselves get emotionally racked by mrs. Barbara Timm of Oak Creek wis., who has hired a lawyer to seek the release of her son Marine sgt. Kevin Hermening would have no More news of breakthroughs. A i refuse to give that any thought a she said. A i will no longer allow myself to go on that emotional roller coaster ride because the drop Down is too most families contacted agreed they had had enough of and Downs. A was far As in a concerned we listen to the news and take it with a Grain of Salt a said Alberta Gillette of Columbia pa., Mother of hostage Duane Gillette 23, a Navy communications intelligence specialist. Continued on Page 6, col. 2 a families students to protest draft at statehouse Augusta Maine up a College students from throughout Maine will be bussed and car pooled to a statehouse rally sunday to protest president Carters Call for draft registration. A coalition of groups from five Maine colleges announced Friday the rally would be held a because a registration has never been undertaken without a draft and a draft has never been held without a Richard Udell a Colby College student from Miami fla., said he expected a a significant crowd on the capital Steps where speakers from Harvard and Boston University Are scheduled to address the gathering. But weather forecasts predicting in excess of 6 inches of snowfall saturday night May pose problems for the gathering which would take place on the statehouse grounds. Quot nine months ago president Carter told us we had embarked on the moral equivalent of War. Now we Are in danger of fighting a real War Quot said Udell. Continued on Page 6, col. 3 a draft of today inside the j our a Ibi m Une 16 pages almanac business Industry cartoons classifieds county crossword Puzzle dear Abby Horoscope Jumble movies sports television weather today a chuckle Boss a Why Arentt you Busy Quot worker i did no to see you 3 17 to prime rate out of sight Citibank the nations second largest Lay raised prime rate to a record i percent. Commercial Bank Friday raised its and a Chicago Bank Harris Trust followed by a jump to 18 percent. Some analysts believe the rate could climb to 20 percent. Graph shows the incredible increase since 1977 when the prime rate nationally was around 7 percent. Up hostage break Street scenes in Tehran revolutionary leaders in Tehran line up for Friday prayers in Tehran University a usual Friday practice. Those in the Fioto include former Premier Mehdi Bazar san second rom right and Interior ministry chief Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani fifth from right. Below a Camel roars in its death throes after having its neck Slit by militants in front of . Embassy. The animal was killed As a sacrifice for the recovery of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Beasts front legs were tied before the Slaughter. Up photos Carter readies response to latest economic woe the 22 mayors All from the suburban Cleveland area said Carter talked to them in terms of a bold initiatives and was a very emphatic about attempts to balance the Federal budget a something that has not been done since 1969. A the president said shortly hell propose programs and plans that will be unsettling for some people a mayor John Petruska of Parma told reporters. A but he asked us. Together with the american people to bite the Bullet and curb this later economic adviser Charles Schultze reiterated that a wage and Price controls. Are not coming Quot but also acknowledged that the presidents Medicine will not be pleasant. The Centrepiece of Carters strategy is expected to be a cutback of about $4 billion in Federal spending for the rest of this fiscal year now about half Over and a reduction of $15 billion in fiscal 1981. Which begins in october. Carter has ruled out mandatory wage and Price controls a although renewed voluntary efforts seem Likely a and aides have been advising him not to tighten credit further. Brooklyn mayor John Coyne who served As spokesman for the group said a in the very near future the president is going to come out with bold statements As to the inflation Coyne said Carter told the mayors a a he a looking at asked about balancing the budget mayor Ross Dejohn of Mayfield Heights said a the was very emphatic on a the president did say that whatever his proposals Are going to be that Are being Cut out we be Happy with some of them and he hoped that As Public officials we would recognize the reasons for them and give him our support a said mayor Theodore Holtz of Garfield Heights a a we re looking at some drastic cuts that May affect us Quot Holtz said. During the past two weeks the White House has invited various private interest groups to the White House giving them a Chance to express their opinions on what should be done the purpose of the meetings has been to determine a what needs to be done and realistically what can be done Quot one White House aide said. Energy leads shocking Rise Washington up inflation at the wholesale level registered another a shocking Quot Rise in february and president Carter promised Friday to take dramatic action by Early next week aimed at reversing the trend. The labor department announced that producer prices for goods ready for Sale to retailers soared by 1.5 percent last month a a 19.1 percent compound annual rate that was fuelled by the biggest Energy increases in six years. Prices had jumped 1.6 percent in january. Thus the first two months of 1980 have seen the biggest Back to Back wholesale Price increases since 1974. In a separate report the labor department said the nation s Unzem continued on Page 6, col. I a Energy 126 Days Washington up president Carter told a group of mayors Friday the american people must a bite the Bullet to control inflation and one of his top advisers said the White House is prepared to a take Tough action and stick with Carter decided to scrub plans for a weekend at his Camp David Retreat in Maryland so he could work on drafting new economic strategies which Are near completion. He ordered a total review about two weeks ago after the annual inflation rate jumped to 18 percent. Prime rate up and up new York up Bankers claimed they would make More Money if interest rates were lower but the nation s major Banks posted a half Point increase in the prime lending rate Friday to a record 17� percent. Chairman Walter Wriston of Citibank the first to boost the prime rate for Loans to the most credit worthy businesses warned that Consumers face a cutoff of new Loans unless Banks can charge More interest he called for the suspension of state ceilings on loan charges that already have been removed for mortgages reflecting the turbulent interest rate situation Friday a Small new York City Bank turned Maverick by reducing its prime rate to 16w percent while Chicago a Harris Trust a savings became the first continued on Page i col. 2 a prime Journa a Iii i Tiv Une saturday March 8, 1980 282-1535 324-4444 985-3118 25 cents Biddeford Maine

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