Argentina and Iran begin talks on the bombings of 1992 1994; next round Geneva
Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman met with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi at the United Nations headquarters in New York, and announced that they decided to continue negotiations through government officials from both ministries in Geneva next month.
Joined by Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Zuain and the Iranian General Director for American Affairs Reza Zabib, both officials agreed to continue negotiations at the UN office in Geneva next month in order to explore a legal mechanism that is not at odds with the Argentine or Iranian legal systems.
They also decided that “this process will not be interrupted until they both find a mutually agreed solution to all matters related to the AMIA case”.
On Tuesday during the address to the UN General Assembly, President Cristina Fernandez announced that Argentina and Iran will meet to discuss the two bombings of Jewish targets in the 1990's, attacks in which Iran was accused by Argentine courts of playing a role.
She said the discussions would take place at the foreign ministry level on the sidelines of the annual gathering of UN member states, but “I must tell you I expect results from this meeting”.
Argentine courts have accused Iran of sponsoring a 1994 attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish centre that killed 85 people. In 1992 the Israeli embassy was blasted to the ground.