Wednesday, January 30th 2013 - 06:32 UTC

Argentina rejects as ‘improper’ Israel’s objection of an agreement with Iran

The Argentine government rejected Israel’s decision to summon the Argentine ambassador in Tel Aviv to discuss recent agreement between Argentina and Iran, saying it considered it an “improper” move that goes “against the traditional, friendly relationship” between both nations.

Foreign minister Timerman met with representatives from Jewish organizations in Buenos Aires

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Ministry reminded Israel that “no Israeli citizen was involved” in the 1994 AMIA bombing, adding that “Argentina has never summoned an Israeli ambassador in order to demand explanations for their government’s actions”.

“The Argentine Foreign Ministry expresses that the summoning of the ambassador as a result of the Argentine Republic’s sovereign decisions is an improper act and is strongly rejected, and goes against the traditional, friendly relationship between both nations,” the ministry indicated.

Earlier in the day Foreign minister Hector Timerman said that the agreement with Iran to create a ‘truth commission’ does not ignore the Argentine justice system’s investigation. Timerman made the statement after meeting with officials from the AMIA and DAIA Jewish organizations and relatives of the 1994 bombing victims.

“The trial continues in Argentina with an Argentine judge and an Argentine prosecutor. We will not drop the case” he told the press.

In July 1994 a bomb attack on the AMIA Jewish organization headquarters completely destroyed the several stories building killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Investigations have led to an Iranian and Hezbollah connection with local accomplices.

Timerman assured that the existing red alerts issued by Interpol on eight Iranians suspected of being involved in the AMIA attack will not be lifted, and added that several high-profile members of the Jewish community provided him with a list of names that they believed could be a part of the commission as well.

“They believed that the creation of a commission was not legal, but I explained to them that this bears no relation to the case being investigated by the Argentine justice system. It will guarantee, however, that the procedure is conducted in accordance to the cooperation parameters of the suspects with the judiciary,” Timerman said.

Speaking from the rebuilt AMIA building Timerman said “we are all leaving with the satisfaction of seeking justice. This is one more step towards memory, truth and justice.”

He later rejected accusations that the Government was surrendering its sovereignty. “We are acting in accordance to the Supreme Court,” he expressed.

On Tuesday Israel foreign ministry had communicated its “profound deception” to the Ambassador to Argentina Carlos García, over the agreement between Israel and Iran in the investigation over the1994 AMIA bombing.

“Israel’s discontent and deception over the decision has been communicated,” a diplomat told reporters after leaving a meeting which took place at the Israeli foreign ministry in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Israel announced Monday that García would be chosen to give explanations over an agreement that according to the ministry source “contributed to breaking Iran’s international isolation.” Another consulted source labelled the conversation with the Argentine diplomat as “serious.”

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced on Sunday that an agreement had been reached with Iran to establish an independent international “truth commission” in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires.

The agreement between Argentina and Iran was signed on Sunday during the African Union summit, in Adia Abeba.

Once the agreement goes through both countries’ parliamentary systems, a commission of jurors will be created, who will oversee court procedures regarding the bombing and will recommend an action plan in order for its transparency.

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1 Boovis (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 06:38 am Report abuse
Asking a possible murderer to investigate whether they murdered someone or not, logical...
2 Idlehands (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 07:56 am Report abuse
The problem with this is that it's not really about seeking justice for the victims. Argentina wants Iranian energy and Iran wants Argentine agriculture. Both sides have limited room to manoeuvre on the international stage so make obvious bedfellows.

Iran is a sinister tyranny beyond redemption. Argentina is a cartoon on the precipice and appears to be prepared to leap into this abyss with them.

Argentines should wake up. CFK has lead you through an era where you are laughed at. She now wants to lead you into a dangerous era where you're glared at too.
3 reality check (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 10:38 am Report abuse
Iran and Hezbollah, one and the same.
4 Mendoza Canadian (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 10:53 am Report abuse
CFK hasn't figured out that you do not negotiate with Iran. But then she takes her orders from Iran's dear friend half dead Hugo who is also best friends with the dictator in N Korea. Of course she is learning how to be a dictator herself, so she loves these guys.
5 reality check (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 11:29 am Report abuse
Look on the bright side, maybe the Israelis will not be so eager to supply them with military aid again.
6 Optimus_Princeps (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 01:31 pm Report abuse
I really hope that she's forcefully removed from power soon. Perhaps the parasites that she gives money to will turn on her when the welfare stops. Making friends with the wrong people, and making enemies with the wrong people. Way to go Queen Harlot.
7 wangito (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 02:55 pm Report abuse
”...“We are acting in accordance to the Supreme Court,” he expressed.(Timmerman)” ARE YOU SERIOUS???

Dear CFK...We all know by now that you are stupid. But we are constantly in the process of being convinced that your advisors are also suffering from serious brain damage.
Don't you all understand where this pact with a global enemy will lead you?
You might as well change your sky blue flag colors to blood red and join forces with North Korea too. Or do you have your own nuke aspirations yourself? A quicky solution to the Falklands?
8 Room237 (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 02:56 pm Report abuse
Still, the point of the article is that Israel has no jurisdiction in this case and therefore no right to summon the Ambassador. Argie got it half right, it should be them carrying out the investigation, but strange that they ask the killers to help find the truth.
9 wangito (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 03:11 pm Report abuse
“... over the agreement between Israel and Iran in the investigation over the1994 AMIA bombing.” WHAT???
“... during the African Union summit, in Adia Abeba.” WHERE???

Mercosur Press...Don't you do any proofing before going to print?
These are just two samples among a long list of stupid, ignorant and sometimes funny errors. wake up.
10 andy65 (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 04:53 pm Report abuse
Argentina,Iran two of a kind they both murder there own citizens one way or another
11 screenname (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 05:32 pm Report abuse
Argentina found to be two faced!!!!!

Stop the press...

If they would just do as nutjob the 8th requests and shut up shop, the whole world would be a much better place.
12 Shed-time (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 05:56 pm Report abuse
Did they summon the ambassador to ensure him that they would AGAIN provide them with military assistance and weaponry in the event of their wishing to invade the falkland islands again?

This is of course under the proviso that they get used to kill British people defending their homeland.

13 slattzzz (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 07:40 pm Report abuse
Rule number 1. Don't upset the Isreali's
14 briton (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 07:50 pm Report abuse
Argentina should stop militating the middle east, and mind its own business,

They just want the Middle East for themselves, as part of their imperialistic ambitions,
Soddy offy,

The truth hurts doesn’t it, [no?]

Then stop lying about the brits.
Old haggises.

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