Date :3/22/03 6:45:42 PM
  No.: 30
llll bbbb SPA- 30 - general/ Iran says no sign of major Iraqi refugeemovements

TEHRAN, Mar 22, SPA-- Iran said on Saturday there was no sign of any major Iraqi refugee movements from the U.S.-led war against Baghdad and that it would keep its border closed unless people were in danger.

Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ahmad Hosseini said only about 130 families had arrived along Iran's western border.

"Our borders are closed to them, but they have not asked for entry," Hosseini told a news conference.

"But if there are any major refugee movements, our policy is to keep our borders closed unless we recognise that the lives of people are in danger," he said. --SPA 1851 Local Time 1551 GMT

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