Argentina, Iran agree on bombing probe

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm •  Published: January 27, 2013
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In contrast, this process, which needs legislative approval in both nations, provides a legal framework with due-process rights for the accused that could be a model for conflict resolution, Fernandez said, and it puts the dispute firmly in the hands of legal experts overseen by independent arbitrators.

She called it, "Historic, because never will we allow the AMIA tragedy to be used as a chess piece in a game of faraway geopolitical interests," she tweeted.

Jewish groups, however, made clear their discomfort at Argentina's efforts to improve relations with Iran despite the unresolved bombing case.

"It is a monumental step backward," Luis Czyzewski, who lost his daughter Paola in the bombing, told Argentina's Jewish News Agency on Sunday. "I think all the families will reject it and be as angry as I am." A description of the agreement by Iran's FARS news agency said years of Argentine investigations "have failed to advance the case or prove anything against Iran, indicating that Iran is innocent."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in October that once "investigations take place in an accurate and impartial manner, then the ground will be prepared for the expansion of ties between Iran and Argentina," the FARS report said.