May 25, 2013
'I went to discuss AMIA with Iran, not the Holocaust,' Timerman
Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman continued his strong defense of the bilateral agreement signed between Argentina and Iran regarding the AMIA bombing investigation and targeted “divisive sectors in Israel” that are looking for a “military solution” against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government.
“I didn’t go to talk to the Iranians about the Holocaust; I went there to talk about the AMIA case. When I get the chance to discuss the Holocaust with the Iranians, if I ever do, they will learn my position about it,” he said in a radio statement.
At the same time, he said there are “divisive sectors in Israel that don’t want any type of dialogue. They want a military solution to the Iranian problem and Argentina doesn’t believe in that.”
“Some believe Israel is a monolithic bloc in which everyone thinks alike but it’s not like that. I read the newspapers from Israel everyday, and I would like to see here the kind of political debates they have over there,” he said.
Regarding the possibility of having the Argentine judicial authorities question the suspects, Timerman assured that “they will have all guarantees to do so.” His clarification comes because Iran issued an arrest warrant for Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
Timerman, who is expected to defend the agreement before Lower House lawmakers on February 26, assured that “since the opposition doesn’t have a case against the accord, they just make stuff up. They talk from ignorance and hate. The only interest we have with the Iranian republic is to move forward with the AMIA case.”
“I’m disappointed with the Argentine opposition. A judge is only allowed to enforce the local law. It is not necessary for Nisman to be present during the interrogations, but if he wants to go, he will do so with all available guarantees.”