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Iranian Majlis assembly prepare to vote on AMIA MoU with Argentina

Monday, March 11th 2013 - 05:43 UTC
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Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Hector Timerman, signed the MoU last January in Ethiopia Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Hector Timerman, signed the MoU last January in Ethiopia

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Sunday a recent agreement between Iran and Argentina to set up a truth commission to investigate the 1994 AMIA Jewish centre bombing has been submitted to the Majlis for approval.

“We have presented the agreement to the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) to be ratified,” Mehmanparast told IRNA on Sunday.

On January 27, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Argentinean counterpart, Hector Timerman, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to shed light on the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires which left 85 people dead. AMIA is the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association.

Argentina’s Senate on February 21 gave the green light to the agreement with Iran on the AMIA case with the senators voting 39-31 in favour of the MoU.

Argentine lawmakers later signed the agreement into law after a 14-hour session with 131 ayes against 113 nays.

Spokesman for Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Seyyed Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini on March 3 stressed that the deal requires parliamentary approval.

Based on the Constitution, Majlis must ratify all Iran’s agreements, accords and memoranda of understanding with other countries.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez and Timerman have endorsed the agreement, which stipulates that the fact-finding commission, composed of five foreign legal experts, should issue a report after carrying out an evaluation of Argentina’s investigation into the issue.

The approval of the MoU was severely criticized in Argentina by the opposition and the media, plus the Jewish community, the largest in the Americas after the US.

Argentine prosecutors after years of investigations allegedly collected sufficient evidence to formally accuse Iran of having masterminded the bomb attack and requested arrest warrants from Interpol of several Iranian top officials including the current Minister of Defence.

The Islamic Republic has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.

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  • Anglotino

    Now that they have that out of the way they can get back to denying the holocaust and wishing Israel was wiped off the face of Earth.

    Good job Timerman, your family must be so proud of you.

    Mar 11th, 2013 - 06:58 am 0
  • Falkland Islands

    Argentina setting up truth commission....ha ha ha pigs might fly!

    Mar 11th, 2013 - 10:29 am 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 No, no, no. They are very good at setting up “commissions”. The National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons WAS set up in 1983. But, although it produced a report with 50,000 pages of depositions from survivors, that was more or less where it stopped. It did find the locations of 300 secret detention centres and many mass burial sites. Not much sign of the huge number of trials that should have taken place. How many of the argie military were involved in the murder of around 30,000 civilians? No-one knows. Were our “malvinistas” involved? Probably. Trained by fleeing nazi war criminals. Methods are similar to those of the Gestapo, SA and SS. So CONADEP didn't really have a lot of effect!

    Mar 11th, 2013 - 12:08 pm 0
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