The next two days are "fairly critical" toresolving the dispute over a seized British navy crew, British Prime MinisterTony Blairsaid Tuesday, after Iran's chief international negotiator offered a new approach to end the standoff withTehran.
"The next 48 hours will be fairly critical," Blair told
The British government responded to Ali Larijani by saying that both it and
The quieter tone from both capitals Monday raised hopes the 11-day standoffmight be solved soon. But optimistic signs emerged before, only to be followedby a hardening of positions and tough rhetoric.
"There remain some differences between us, but we can confirm we sharehis preference for early bilateral discussions to find a diplomatic solution tothis problem," a British Foreign Office spokeswoman said speakinganonymously in line with government policy.
And he called for all involved to stop using "the language offorce." Last week Larijani had suggested the captives might be tried forallegedly intruding into Iranian waters.
The Iranian capital,
Earlier Monday, an Iranian state-run television station said all 15 of thedetained Royal Navy personnel had confessed to illegally entering Iranianwaters before they were captured.
However, Iranian state-run radio said the confessions would not be broadcastbecause of what it called "positive changes" in the negotiating stanceof
The radio did not elaborate on the supposed changes by the British. But in
The official insisted
The eight sailors and seven marines were detained March 23by naval units of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards while the Britons patrolledfor smugglers near the mouth of the Shatt al-Arab, a waterway.
Echoing an Iranian legislator, Larijani suggested a British delegation visit
Over the weekend, The Sunday Telegraph of London said
Larijani also urged
The comments suggested the sides were seeking a face-facing formula in whicheach could argue its interests were upheld while the captives could go free.Under such a formula,
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