65th UN General AssemblyFriday, September 24, 2010
CFK renews claim over Malvinas' sovereignty, urges Iran to choose 3rd party to mediate AMIA conflict
While addressing the 65th session of the UN General Assembly, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner blasted the British government for continuing to ignore Argentina's request for sovereignty over the Malvinas Islands and renewed her claim for the extradition of two high-ranking Iranian officials accused by an Argentine court of being involved in the AMIA Jewish Centre bombing, urging the Islamic Republic to jointly pick a neutral country in which they can be taken to trial.
Fernández de Kirchner set in motion her speech by dealing with figures and statistics regarding her administration, which she highly praised for "helping Argentina come out of the 2001 crisis." Both her and her husbands Governments were the core of the words as soon as she began speaking, stating that "developing countries such as Argentina are currently receiving the impact of the world's economic crisis and are supporting the global economic crisis."
Later on, the President tackled several issues that accounted for highly controversial topics. She entered deeply into the Middle East conflict by assuring "it was great news to see that dialogue between Israel and Palestine was resumed." And added: "I believe we all wish for Palestine to be sitting in the following's United Nations General Assembly," she stressed, showing her satisfaction on the matter.
The Head of State then started to deal with the conflict that surrounds both Argentina and Iran over the 1994 AMIA bombings, a case that has yet to be taken to trial. She said: "Even though my country leads in human rights defense and justice, our justice system cannot judge and sentence anyone who's not present. Therefore, we demand their extradition."
Fernández de Kirchner blasted the Iranian government, saying that she was certain that even though this was her fourth public request for their extradition, this would not yield any results. "I know it is an evident fact there will be no outcome," she assured.
"Therefore, if the Iranian authorities do not trust the Argentina legal system, I ask them to join us into finding a third party, a third country in which those officials would be tried in front of several UN delegates, in order to take those responsible for this horrible attack to court," she said.
She used this "fourth public claim" as a way of highlighting the ones that were performed on 2007, 2008 and 2009. "I'm not after guilty people, I'm just looking for justice in the AMIA case investigation. If someone has committed a crime, he or she should be punished," she added.
"We should end with neutrality excuses," Fernández de Kirchner blasted the Iranian government. "We do not want an impartial trial, but a trial where we can try those who are accused for this horrible attack we suffered back in 1994," she concluded the matter.
Aside from dealing with the Iran issue, Fernández de Kirchner renewed her claim over the Malvinas Islands sovereignty and sentenced: "The United Kingdom systematically refuses to establish negotiations with Argentina in order to deal with our conflict."
As regards this topic, the Head of State highlighted that "they are depleting natural resources." "The UK is responsible for an ecological catastrophe, just as it was for the British Petroleum oil spill, she said as a way of exampling her ideas.
Malvinas's conflict served as the trigger for the President to heavily criticize the United Nations Security Council for "it has lost its power and it is not working taking into account the jeopardy the world is currently facing." "We are no longer in a bipolar world," she added.
"Situations and conflicts such as the Malvinas one are clear examples of the fact the Security Council is not working properly and is not preserving peace and security," Fernández de Kirchner blasted
The Head of State finished her speech by assuring: "It is relevant to assured that the notions of security and peace are no longer associated with military issues, but with politics, freedom, equity and equality."
The President is to be escorted by the Jewish Community that DAIA's Aldo Donzis and Sergio Burstein lead. The latter represents the relatives of the AMIA attack victims.
Later today, the President is to hold a meeting with businessmen, scheduled to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel. Likewise, the postponed meeting with Moroccan King Mohamed VI will also take place today.