March 7, 2014
AMIA: Israel 'surprised' by Argentina-Iran deal
Israel’s Foreign Ministry communicated to be “surprised” by the deal signed between Argentina and Iran to establish an independent international “truth commission” in the investigation of the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
“We were surprised by the news”, the Ministry’s spokesman Yigal Palmor told reporters and added: “”We are waiting for Argentina to send us all the details since the case is directly related to Israel.”
Following months of negotiations, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced on Facebook yesterday that an agreement had been reached with Iran to establish an independent international “truth commission” in the investigation of the bombing attack that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires.
The President published a document that was signed by Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi Salehi in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which proposes the creation of a “truth commission” that will be led by an independent jurist from neither country who has a “high moral standing and legal prestige,” along with five commissioners and two representatives for each country who are also natives of neither state and hold “recognized international legal prestige.”
The Jewish community reacted yesterday with surprise and skepticism.
Article 3 of the document, titled: Exchange of Information, states that “the authorities” of each country “will send the committee the evidence and information it possesses on the AMIA case,” and that the objective of the committee will be to “carry out a detailed revision of the evidence relative to each of the accused,” with the ability of requesting further “information” if necessary. The commissioners will examine the evidence and recommend how to proceed “based on the laws and regulations of both countries.”
Taking into consideration the Commission’s recommendations, Argentine and Iranian legal representatives will then meet in Tehran to interrogate “those persons who Interpol has issued a Red Notice for.” Article 5 adds that each party will “have the right to give explanations or submit new documentation at the meetings.”
Its official establishment pends on the “ratification or approval” by “the relevant institutions of each country” according to their respective laws.
Timerman originally set up negotiations with Salehi in September during a UN General Assembly, provoking widespread skepticism among the Jewish community.