Gulf & Middle East
Iran warns Britain not to raise 'hue and cry'
Apr 4, 2007 - 9:42:07 AM

Tehran, April 4 - A top Iranian official warned that the sailors' detention issue would not be resolved if the British government continues raising 'hue and cry'.

'It - depends on Britain's attitude. If they accept that they have trespassed on our borders and guarantee that they will not repeat, the issue will be solved through a logical trend. But if Britain continues raising hue and cry, the issue will not be solved in the near future,' said Iran's First Vice President Parviz Dawoodi.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the back up systems of Bushehr nuclear power plant when answering questions from various reporters.

On March 23, Iranian forces seized 15 British naval personnel. Iran insisted that the British boats illegally entered its territorial waters, which has been denied by Britain.

Iran's tension with Britain has escalated dramatically since Tehran aired footage of the detained sailors for three times and a furious protest was staged Sunday outside British embassy in Tehran by the Islamist students.

However, after a 12-day standoff, some conciliatory tones have surfaced from both sides in the past 24 hours, raising hopes of resolving the crisis soon.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani on Monday said Iran's priority is to resolve the problem through proper diplomatic channels, and 'there's no need to have a trial on the detained sailors'.

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