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'Truth Commission' With Iran 'Opens Door to Third Attack'

Jewish community in Argentina opposes agreement with Iran to investigate 1994 bombing of Jewish institution in Buenos Aires.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 2/12/2013, 10:33 AM

Argentina's Cristina Kirchner
Argentina's Cristina Kirchner
Reuters

The Jewish community in Argentina has rejected the agreement reached by the Argentine government with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish institution in Buenos Aires, which left 85 dead and hundreds injured.

Former International Criminal Court prosecutor and Argentine Jewish community advisor Luis Moreno Ocampo warned on Sunday of “the risk that Iran could use the ‘truth commission’ to hide the responsibility of those responsible for the crimes.”

According to Merco Press, Ocampo, who is currently advising DAIA and AMIA Jewish organizations on the agreement, stressed that the Jewish organizations “have questioned the accord and asked not to risk the investigation led by Argentine prosecutors and judges or any conclusions they may reach in the future.”

In a written statement, he warned that, “if the Truth Commission acts in bad faith, this could hinder the investigation and the legitimacy of the Argentine justice’s actions.”

“The main concern is that the success or failure of these efforts would depend on the commission member’s capability or integrity, because they are going to evaluate the veracity of the information obtained so far,” he explained.

“If possible, it would be good to know the names of those being considered to take part in the commission,” Ocampo said.

“The Senate is the constitutional environment where all the doubts created by this initiative can be cleared up in order to find some common ground,” he added.

Ocampo’s statements come following the attack launched by President Cristina Fernandez on the head of the AMIA Jewish community, Guillermo Borger, for his remarks saying that the agreement with Iran could lead to a possible third terrorist attack.

In a statement to media Friday, Borger insisted the only impact of the agreement with the Islamist regime would be “to open the door to a third attack, it would be total submission”.

The confrontation came to a head on Saturday when Fernandez posted a message to her Twitter condemning Borger’s “terrible statement.”

“If a terrorist attack did occur because of Argentina’s agreement with Iran, who would be the intellectual and physical mastermind,” she questioned. “It’s clear that it could never be the signatory countries. Could it be those who have rejected the agreement? Countries, people, or intelligence services? Who?”

Israel and the United States have objected to meetings between Argentina and Iran, and the bilateral agreement.