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Argentina Senate and Chamber of Deputies on the Memorandum of Understanding with Iran

February 13, 2013

The Honorable Amado Boudou
President of the Senate
The Honorable Dr. Julian Andres Dominguez
President of the Chamber of Deputies,
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Argentina

 

Honorable Sirs:

We are writing to express to you our deep concern about the decision of President Fernandez de Kirchner to by-pass the Argentine system of criminal justice by collaborating with Iran in a so-called “Truth Commission” to deal with the 1994 terrorist bombing attack on the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. 

The Memorandum of Understanding, which President Fernandez de Kirchner presented to Argentina’s Congress last Friday for approval, is an affront to the memory of those citizens of Argentina who lost their lives and were injured by the barbarous act of terrorism in Argentina’s capital city and will only add to the suffering and pain of the survivors and their families.  This agreement with Iran is nothing but a maneuver by the Iranian regime to help the accused Iranian perpetrators of the terrorist attack to evade being brought to justice under the Argentine criminal justice system.

Statements made yesterday by Ramin Mehmanparast, the spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, leave no doubt that Iran does not intend to allow this agreement to result in a fair process.  Referring to the possible interrogation by Argentine prosecutors of Iranian officials wanted by Interpol, Mehmanparast said:

 

بازجويي از برخي مقامات جمهوري اسلامي ايران در راستاي رسيدگي به پرونده آميا صحت ندارد.

“The interrogation of some of the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran in line with the AMIA case are inaccurate.”

 

and 

براساس این توافق از پلیس اینترپل خواسته شد که دیگر لزومی ندارد تا این مسئله را پیگیری کند و خود کشور ایران و آرژانتین از طریق توافقات انجام شده و کمیته‌ای که تشکیل خواهد شد مسئله را پیگیری ‌مي‌کنند.

“According to this agreement it is requested of Interpol that it is no longer necessary to pursue this issue [of Iranian senior officials’ involvement], and Iran and Argentina themselves will pursue this by forming a committee by way of the agreement.”

We request that you share this information with the members of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies and, respectfully urge Argentine’s congress to act in the interest of the victims, their families and the people of Argentina by opposing the approval of the Memorandum of Understanding with Iran.

Sincerely,
Abraham H. Foxman
National Director

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