The head of the Argentine-Jewish Community Centre (AMIA), Guillermo Borger, warned the government of President Cristina Fernandez that the organization’s members are concerned by the lack of information regarding ongoing negotiations with Iran over the 1994 terrorist attack on the AMIA headquarters, which killed 85 people.
Borger emphasized his specific concern over the government having effectively withheld all details of recent meetings between the two governments, which took place on November 27 and 28 at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Both administrations are reportedly seeking to shed light on the terrorist attack, but Iran has refuted all allegations that it is involved in, contrary to an Argentine court’s ruling indicting several of its public officials.
Borger said that Iran is a “denialist” state that officially denies the Holocaust, and condemned AMIA having been kept in the dark as negotiations are held, asserting a right to be updated considering the attack was suffered by the organization itself.
The AMIA leader also criticized Iran as a “country that goes hand in hand with international terrorism” and Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman for merely revealing that a “plan of action” will be presented to Congress in January.
In related news the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, said on Saturday that he does “not feel guilty” and “will not apologize” for his comparison between the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack and the 2011 bombing of Libya by NATO.
On an official visit to Argentina last week, Correa said the bombing of Libya was a more severe incident and was indicative of where the “true danger” to the world lies.
“I don’t feel guilty. I don’t think I was offensive to anybody, and I’m not going to ask for apologies for something for which I don’t feel guilty”, underlined the Ecuadorian president.
His statements triggered strong and immediate reaction from the Argentine Jewish community.
Correa said the aware of the AMIA case, “it’s very painful for Argentine history, but also look at how many died during the NATO bombings in Libya. Let’s compare things and let’s see where the real enemies are; we must not manipulate information”, underlined Correa.