Hostages: Trying One Last Time

HOSTAGES Washington attaches a deadline to its latest offer

Three harried-looking Algerian diplomats, conspicuous in their distinctive tailored overcoats, landed at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran last Friday in an atmosphere of high anxiety and tight security. Greeted by aides of Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Raja'i, they were led quickly past a group of jostling reporters held back by a cordon of police and Islamic Guards, and ushered by plainclothes security men into Mercedes limousines that whisked them directly to a meeting with top Iranian officials. In a dark brown briefcase, the Algerians carried a seven-page document, a formal U.S. bargaining proposal in...

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