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Argentina MPs approve deal with Iran

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Argentinean lawmakers have approved an agreement with Iran to probe the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

According to the agreement, approved by Argentina’s Congress on Thursday, an independent “truth commission” would be established to investigate the attack.

“I am no one’s puppet. The country is no one’s puppet. We assume our political commitment and ask you to join that political commitment…. No country in the world has taken this case and put it on the table and many countries are using the AMIA case for their own geostrategic interests,” Argentina’s Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said at a Lower House joint meeting where he defended an agreement with Iran to probe into the AMIA bombing.

Argentina’s senate on February 21 gave the green light for the agreement with Iran on the AMIA case with the senators voting 39-31 in favor of the accord.

On January 27, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Timerman signed a memorandum of understanding for the two countries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to shed light on the 1994 bombing on the AMIA building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. AMIA stands for the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina or the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association.

The Israeli regime reacted angrily to the deal a day after it was signed. Tel Aviv demanded an explanation for the move, but the request was strongly rejected by the Argentinean Foreign Ministry on January 30 as an “improper action.”

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

Under intense political pressure imposed by the US and the Israeli regime, Argentina had formally accused Iran of having carried out the bomb attack. Iran has categorically denied any involvement in the terrorist bombing.


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