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Peaceful end urged in Iran crisis
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Posted on 03/31/2007 1:02:40 PM PDT by traumer

Britain is looking for a speedy and peaceful end to the crisis over 15 Royal Navy personnel held captive by Iran, the foreign secretary has said.

Margaret Beckett described earlier comments by an Iranian diplomat, who said the group could face legal action, as "unhelpful".

Gholamreza Ansari said "legal process" had started but denied reports quoting him saying the group may face trial.

A British diplomatic note has been sent to the Iranians.

Mrs Beckett said: "I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen. What we want is a way out of it - we want it peacefully and we want it as soon as possible."

'Misquoted'

Iran's official IRNA news agency earlier carried a report saying Mr Ansari, Iran's ambassador to Moscow, had told Russian television that legal moves had already started against the 15 and that there was a possibility they could stand trial.

But the agency later quoted Mr Ansari saying the television channel had made a "translation mistake" and that he had not mentioned the prospect of a trial.

UK VERSION OF EVENTS 1 Crew boards merchant ship 1.7NM inside Iraqi waters 2 HMS Cornwall was south-east of this, and inside Iraqi waters 3 Iran tells UK that merchant ship was at a different point, still within Iraqi waters 4 After UK points this out, Iran provides alternative position, now within Iranian waters

Britain denies Iran's claims that the UK crew was in its waters when seized on 23 March and is demanding their "immediate" return.

Speaking at a European Union summit in the German city of Bremen, Mrs Beckett said she had replied to an earlier letter from the Iranian government, but gave no detail of the contents.

She stressed the British government wanted the situation resolved quickly.

"We continue to express our willingness to engage in dialogue and discussion, to come to a resolution of this issue," she said.

'Thinking afresh'

She expressed her "concern" over claims by Mr Ansari that the British personnel could face legal action.

"I don't think it's helpful to Iran, I don't think it's helpful to our detainees - I think that is not the tone really that I would wish anyone to strike," she said.

IRANIAN VERSION OF EVENTS 1 Royal Navy crew stray 0.5km inside Iranian waters 2 Iran gives set of co-ordinates to back up their claims 3 According to seized GPS equipment, the Royal Navy crew had previously entered Iranian waters at several other points 4 Iran informs Britain of the position where the crew were seized, inside Iranian waters

Both versions in more detail

But she added that things had "gone a little quieter" in the negotiations and she hoped that was "a good sign" that Iran was "thinking afresh what is the way out of this situation".

BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins said although their was no sign of a major diplomatic breakthrough in the crisis, there was now a sense of dialogue between the two countries.

Both sides appeared to be "lowering the temperature", he added.

Earlier, US state department spokesman Sean McCormack rejected suggestions that a swap could be made for five Iranians captured in Iraq by US forces in January.

The Iranians, believed to be members of the Revolutionary Guard, were taken in a raid in the city of Irbil, along with equipment which the Americans say shows clear Iranian links to networks supplying Iraqi insurgents with technology and weapons.

Condemnation

US officials have condemned Iran's actions over the 15 Navy personnel and publicly supported the UK.

And EU foreign ministers, meeting in Bremen, called for "the immediate and unconditional release" of the sailors and expressed "unconditional support" for Britain's position.

Prime Minister Tony Blair has also criticised Iran for "parading" the UK crew on television in a way which would only "enhance people's sense of disgust".

HAVE YOUR SAY They will have to be released by diplomatic means and I believe that this will happen Neil Whittaker, Lancashire, UK

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In what appeared to be an edited broadcast on an Iranian channel on Friday, captured sailor Nathan Thomas Summers said: "I would like to apologise for entering your waters without permission."

He was shown alongside two colleagues, one of whom was Leading Seaman Faye Turney, from Shropshire, who had been broadcast apologising to Iran earlier in the week.

Along with LS Turney and Nathan Summers, who is from Cornwall, Paul Barton from Southport, Danny Masterton from Ayrshire, Joe Tindall from south London and Adam Sperry from Leicester are among those being held by Iran.

The Britons, based on HMS Cornwall, were seized by Revolutionary Guards as they returned from searching a vessel in the northern Gulf.


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1 posted on 03/31/2007 1:02:42 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer

things had "gone a little quieter"... she hoped that was "a good sign" that Iran was "thinking afresh what is the way out of this situation"

:o)


2 posted on 03/31/2007 1:04:50 PM PDT by traumer
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To: traumer
Mrs Beckett said: "I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen. What we want is a way out of it - we want it peacefully and we want it as soon as possible."

Oh. Wow. I really feel sorry for anyone who is now, or has ever been a citizen of the UK. Your country is pitiful. Worse than France at this moment.

3 posted on 03/31/2007 1:05:42 PM PDT by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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To: traumer

---Mrs Beckett said: "I think everyone regrets that this position has arisen. What we want is a way out of it - we want it peacefully and we want it as soon as possible."---

"The Persian Butt in Your Face Head Lock"


4 posted on 03/31/2007 1:06:21 PM PDT by claudiustg (I curse you, Rudy of the Giuliani!)
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To: traumer

the once proud lion is getting owned badly by the persian cat.

looks like England needs to be saved a third time.

to all the diplomats who are 'dismayed, concerned and troubled'....its called Jihad stupid and they are at war with you. just because you dont acknowledge it doesnt make it go away.


5 posted on 03/31/2007 1:07:44 PM PDT by jabotinsky ("I die with Jabotinsky's name on my lips" - Shlomo b.Yosef, moments before his hanging by Brits)
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To: traumer

Poor woman.

Maybe if everyone in the UK baked a pan of brownies and sent them to Iran, they could all sit down with a nice cup of tea and get this little misunderstanding straightened out.

I expect to hear soon that Carter is volunteering to advise them on the best course of action.


6 posted on 03/31/2007 1:10:08 PM PDT by SusaninOhio
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To: keat
WWND ? What Would (admiral) Nelson Do ?
7 posted on 03/31/2007 1:11:30 PM PDT by traumer
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To: SusaninOhio
I expect to hear soon that Carter is volunteering to advise them on the best course of action.

When they start blaming it on the Jews we'll know he has.

8 posted on 03/31/2007 1:11:31 PM PDT by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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To: traumer

First of all...I saw a news segment on Fox with Ms. Beckett saying that stuff..and it just makes me shake my head.

She is playing right into Nutjob's hands...ugh

Second of all...I hope this little "crisis" will put to rest the talk in the Senate by Specter and others about how WE treat the prisoners....and how WE need to be sure and comply to the Geneva Conventions and more.


9 posted on 03/31/2007 1:13:07 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: keat

I really feel sorry for anyone who is now, or has ever been a citizen of the UK."

It's not about being a citizen of the UK. It's about being stupid.Any way you look at her being this naive, she got there because she's stupid.


10 posted on 03/31/2007 1:15:00 PM PDT by philetus (If you'll kill a baby in the womb, you'll kill a baby in a room.)
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To: keat
BREAKING

"THIS JUST IN -
In response to the impotent attack-inviting, lack of UK's
response to Iranian terrorists and pirates at sea, other wannabe terrorists in several microstates
are declaring war on England, including Nauru - 8.5 square miles,
Tuvalu - 9 square miles, and Palau - 191 square miles, who now have divided
London between themselves. British women should begin packing."

11 posted on 03/31/2007 1:16:04 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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If one side is committing an act of war, why is everybody urging the UK to not start a war? That makes no sense at all! By definition and act of war is an act of war; Iran started one! UK has no choice unless the Iranians surrender the hostages.


12 posted on 03/31/2007 1:18:18 PM PDT by loreldan (Without coffee I am nothing.)
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To: traumer

This "we are sorry and we won't do it again" attitude by the UK will only net them more trouble down the line. Sad really.


13 posted on 03/31/2007 1:21:50 PM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: traumer

Remember this British leader seeking peace? Uncle Neville did his appeasement with his piece of paper..

and now you know....the rest of the story...

14 posted on 03/31/2007 1:24:24 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: traumer

If you want peace, you better be willing to fight for it.


15 posted on 03/31/2007 1:24:39 PM PDT by Wheee The People (Go FRed)
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To: keat

"I really feel sorry for anyone who is now, or has ever been a citizen of the UK. Your country is pitiful. Worse than France at this moment."

And as representatives of our country, Pellosi, Ellison, etc., are going to Syria to chat with Assad. That also is pitiful. I think we have to be careful about generalizing.


17 posted on 03/31/2007 1:39:48 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: keat
Oh. Wow. I really feel sorry for anyone who is now, or has ever been a citizen of the UK. Your country is pitiful. Worse than France at this moment.

Can I remind you that President Bush said in a letter to the Chinese that he was "sorry" so that he could get the airmen held by China for 13 days, released.

http://tinyurl.com/2yp6w2

18 posted on 03/31/2007 1:44:13 PM PDT by Jack_Macca
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To: tflabo
and now you know....the rest of the story...

Yes Britain fought for two years against tyranny alone.

19 posted on 03/31/2007 1:46:20 PM PDT by Jack_Macca
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Peaceful end means England you give in. Iran you rule over the big boy and spume your hate about how great you are and how the west is dancing to your tune. Peace with these people means Iran rules Iraq and Jack Murtha dances in the streets while accepting money from foreign agents and getting away with it. of course peace with Iran means Nancy pelosi will not attend her perverted war dances with nude men in San fran and she admits she is with the enemy all the time.


20 posted on 03/31/2007 2:41:07 PM PDT by betsyross1776 (BIG HOME DO NOT BUY YOU HAPPINESS)
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To: Jack_Macca

Please don't, LOL.


21 posted on 03/31/2007 3:00:58 PM PDT by Teacher317 (Are you familiar with the writings of Shan Yu?)
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To: traumer

Yes, yes, let's all be peaceful about it.


22 posted on 03/31/2007 3:02:02 PM PDT by Continental Soldier
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To: Jack_Macca

And Britain had a true leader in WWII with Winston Churchill at the helm and not Neville Chamberlain...
Peace through strength....


23 posted on 03/31/2007 3:03:28 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: sageb1

Excellent point.


24 posted on 03/31/2007 3:03:29 PM PDT by UKrepublican
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To: Teacher317

LOL, but you get my point.

Britain should be treated with the same standards as the USA treats itself.


25 posted on 03/31/2007 3:04:21 PM PDT by Jack_Macca
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To: traumer
I am appalled by the ease with which the British command structure and political leadership abandoned, yea marooned, the sailors and marines attached to HMS Cornwall. And this after consultation with HQ. Without a shot being fired.

These people, and by that I mean the aforesaid sailors and marines, are being boo-fooed (or, in American vernacular, cornholed), by the very people who were charged with looking out for them.

Accordingly, I believe that the British powers that be should rechristen the HMS Cornwall as the HMS Cornhole. They will, of course, ignore this. As they are also ignoring their responsibility to their troops.

Yo, Britannia!!! Grow a set!!!

26 posted on 03/31/2007 3:25:16 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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You pathetic effeminate weenies can have a peaceful resolution. Simply submit. You are dealing with men (albeit murderous men) not your own limp wristed kind.


27 posted on 03/31/2007 4:25:21 PM PDT by isrul
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To: Jack_Macca
Can I remind you that President Bush said in a letter to the Chinese that he was "sorry" ...

That's a good point but, in that case, we had landed on Chinese soil so some diplomacy was in order.

Save for the BBC, the UN and Rosie O'Donnell, no one is in any doubt that the Brits were seized outside of Iran, which makes it no different than if they were seized on the English Channel.

28 posted on 04/01/2007 10:58:06 AM PDT by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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Britain fought for two years against tyranny alone.

Wrong. The Canadian Army was only battle-ready division in England, the RCAF was engaged in the Battle of Britain and in the bombing campaign, the RCN was fighting U-boats in the North Atlantic, Canadian factories were arming the British military, and Canadian farms were feeding the British people.

29 posted on 04/09/2007 12:30:28 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Is human activity causing the warming trend on Mars?)
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