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  Shvat 17, 5773 , 28/01/13

Israel 'Surprised' by Argentina-Iran Agreement on Probe

The Foreign Ministry said, Monday, it was "surprised" by Argentina's agreement with Iran to create an independent commission to investigate the 1994 attack on the AMIA Jewish center IN Buenos Aires, in which 85 people died, according to Agence France Presse"We were surprised by the news," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP. "We are waiting to receive full details from the Argentines on what is going on because this subject is obviously directly related to Israel." He also said, "We warned the Argentines from the start that the Iranians would try to set a trap for them and that they should beware."

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner on Sunday said that her country and Iran had agreed to create a "truth commission" with five independent judges - none of whom can come from either Iran or Argentina. She said the agreement may allow Argentine authorities to finally question suspects currently the subject of Interpol "red notices." Argentina has long accused Iran of masterminding the deadly attack and has sought the extradition of eight Iranians, including current Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani since 2006. Iran has always denied any involvement in the bombing, and has refused to arrest the suspects.

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