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Reaction to the Iran sailor crisis
With the international stand-off surrounding Iran's capture of 15 Royal Navy crew members still unresolved, here are the latest reactions to the crisis.

PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR

Reacting to Iranian TV showing footage of a second member of the crew "apologising" for trespassing into Iranian waters:

I really don't know why the Iranian regime keep doing this. All it does is enhance people's sense of disgust.

Captured personnel being paraded and manipulated in this way doesn't fool anyone. What the Iranians have to realise is that if they continue in this way, they will face increasing isolation.

We've just got to pursue this with the necessary firmness and determination, but also patiently because there is only one possible conclusion to this, and that is that our personnel are released safe and sound.

It is perfectly obvious that these people were in Iraqi waters under United Nations mandate.

There is absolutely no question about the unlawful nature of their capture and therefore they have got to be released.

We have to manage this and measure it in a determined way but also a calm way because it is the lives of the personnel that come first

FOREIGN SECRETARY MARGARET BECKETT

Also reacting to the footage showing Nathan Thomas Summers:

It's quite appalling and it's also completely contrary to normal international convention to use people who are detained against their will, who have been detained for days now, to whom consular access has been denied, to use them for blatant propaganda in this way

CHANCELLOR GORDON BROWN

Speaking after meeting British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan before footage of the second crew member was shown:

What I was able to tell them is we are doing everything in our power to secure the release of all those who are unfairly, unjustly held by the Iranian authorities.

What they know is we are doing everything in our power. People understand the way Faye Turney was treated and the way others have been treated is totally inhumane, totally unacceptable

UN SECURITY COUNCIL STATEMENT

Released on Thursday in response to the crisis:

Members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the capture by the Revolutionary Guard and the continuing detention by the government of Iran of 15 United Kingdom naval personnel and appealed to the government of Iran to allow consular access in terms of the relevant international laws.

Members of the Security Council support calls, including by the secretary general in his March 29 meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, for an early resolution of this problem, including the release of the 15 UK personnel

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT HANS-GERT POETTERING

Speaking on the issue of the captured personnel during a speech on EU foreign policy:

In the name of the European Parliament, I call on the president of Iran and the Iranian government to immediately release the 15 British sailors.

The Iranian leadership must not damage even further, our trust in them. We in the European Parliament are in solidarity with the 15 sailors, their families, and with the United Kingdom

NOTE ISSUED BY IRAN TO BRITSH EMBASSY IN TEHRAN

The note was released by the Iranian embassy in London:

According to the information received from relevant authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, two British naval vessels manned by 15 fully-equipped crews trespassed on Iran's territorial waters on March 23 2007.

Since similar acts had taken place in the past and prior warning had been given against the repetition of such acts, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran protests strongly against this illegal act in violating Iranian territorial waters, emphasizes the respect for the rules and principles of international law concerning the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, underlines the responsibility of the British government for the consequences of such violation, and calls for the guarantee to avoid the recurrence of such acts



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