Instead, after tense negotiations, the council agreed on awatered-down statement expressing "grave concern" and calling for anearly resolution of the problem, including the Britons' release.
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Earlier, a Western diplomat quoted Vitaly Churkin, theRussian ambassador, as telling the council that
Diplomats also reported that several Security Councilmembers - including Russia, China, Indonesia and Qatar - said they had no wayof independently ascertaining where the incident took place and were thereforewary of condemning it.
A senior Iranian officialhas said the sailors may be put on trial.
On Thursday, in a sign of support among EU members forthe British position, the French foreign ministry summoned
Tony Blair, the British prime minister, said he wasdisgusted by
"Obviously I felt the same way most people do, which isa sense of disgust that people would be used in that way," he told ITVnews on Thursday.
"What I'm afraid we can't do is end up in negotiationover hostages. What we can't do is say there's some kind of quid pro quo ortit-for-tat that goes on.
"This is not a situation that can be resolved byanything other than the unconditional release of all our people."
Both letters were in stilted English, with unusual phrasesthat linguistic experts said appeared to have been translated from Farsi intoEnglish.
"Unfortunately during the course of our mission weentered into Iranian waters. Even through our wrongdoing, they have stilltreated us well and humanely, which I am and always will be eternallygrateful," Thursday's letter said.
It called for British forces to withdraw from
Margaret Beckett, the British foreign secretary, respondedin a statement: "We have not seen this letter but we have grave concernsabout the circumstances in which it was prepared and issued.
"This blatant attempt to use leading seaman Turney forpropaganda purposes is outrageous and cruel."
"The wrong behaviour of those who live in
Meanwhile, Iranian state television reported that RecepTayyip Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister, had urged Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,the Iranian president, to allow
The channel said Ahmadinejad would consider the Turkishrequest.
The Iranian president also reportedly accused
Nicholas Burns, the undersecretary of state, said intestimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "We are not there toprovoke any military conflict."
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