December 12, 2013
Iran confirms approval of AMIA Memorandum
The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has confirmed the passing of the Memorandum reached with Argentina to jointly probe the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires 19 years ago.
The information was announced following the meeting held today between Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif at the UN headquarters in New York.
According to first media versions, Mr. Zarif said the bilateral agreement has been approved by Iran’s “competent authorities.” The next step will be the exchange of documents officially announcing that governments have enforced the MoU.
Other mainstays of the bilateral meeting were the establishment of a Truth Commission and the date for Argentine judicial officials to arrive in Tehran in order to proceed with the interrogation procedures of 5 Iranian citizens allegedly involved in the attack that claimed the lives of 85 people here back in 1994.
Officials are expected to address both issues first with each respective government paving the way for a new possible meeting either this weekend or in the upcoming days.
During her UN address on Tuesday, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner urged the new government of Hassan Rouhani to confirm whether the MoU has been passed by the Iranian parliament in order to settle a date both for the establishment of the Truth Commission as well as a date for Argentine judicial officials to arrive in Tehran and proceed with the interrogation of five Iranian citizens allegedly involved in the deadly attack.
The accord was first signed in January this year to probe the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center that took place in Argentina's capital city back in 1994. The so called Memorandum of Understanding sets the creation of a Truth Commission made up of independent legal experts neither of them from Argentina and Iran who will be analyzing the up-to-date evidence on the AMIA attack and issue a report. The commission members will not be in charge of investigating the case with judicial authorities in charge of the AMIA investigation.