Timerman thanks Interpol for describing Iran/Argentina accord as ‘positive’
Argentine Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman showed his “gratitude” to Interpol legal counsellor Ronald Noble for the letter he sent to Buenos Aires considering the recently approved Memorandum of Understanding signed with Iran “positive.”
Timerman also said that the validity of Interpol red alerts in the AMIA case “has been a key piece in the progress made” so far to shed light on the attack that claimed the lives of 85 victims 19 years ago.
“The agreement reached with Iran, if it was to be approved by the Parliament of that country, will allow the suspects to be interrogated by Argentine judicial authorities for the first time and carry out the legal process,” the official stated in a missive addressed to Mr. Noble.
The head of Argentina’s diplomatic affairs stressed that the government considers the role played by the Interpol “essential” in the battle against crime and especially against international terrorism and affirmed that cooperation with the international organization has been “enriched” by the joint work in the AMIA case.
Timerman’s message comes after Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called to lift the red alerts (arrest warrants) issued against the Iranian officials allegedly involved in the 1994 attack arguing that Buenos Aires and Tehran are working together to probe the AMIA investigation.
He added that according to the memorandum reached with Argentina Interpol must eliminate the charges against the Iranian authorities, among which figures the current Minister of Defence Ahmad Vahidi.
The statement released by IRNA, the Iranian government news agency, said Iran was not responsible and had condemned the terrorist attack against the AMIA Jewish centre in downtown Buenos Aires on 18 July 1994 and is “working jointly with the Argentine government to resolve the question, based on the memorandum signed by representatives from the two governments”.
The minister ratified that the only premise behind the agreement with Argentina is to jointly investigate the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack by establishing a Truth Commission was to resolve the crime.