Argentina’s President Néstor Kirchner used his last appearance at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to persuade Iran to co-operate with a judicial probe into the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires. The attack killed 85 people.
”Up until now, the Islamic Republic of Iran has not provided all the co-operation needed by the Argentine justice system for the facts to be clarified,” Mr Kirchner said in a tough address, his last before he leaves office on December 10.
The 1994 bombings of the AMIA cultural centre and the 1992 explosion that destroyed the Israeli embassy in the Argentine capital and killed 29 people, have been blamed on the Lebanese militia Hizbollah.
Argentine prosecutors have charged former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight former senior officials with ordering Hizbollah to attack the Jewish centre - the biggest attack on a Jewish target outside Israel since the second world war - and asked Interpol to arrest them. Iran has firmly denied the charges.
Interpol issued six arrest warrants, but excluded the former president. The warrants must be reconfirmed shortly to remain valid.
Mr Kirchner urged UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the West to help get to the bottom of what happened. He said he was asking for ”nothing more, but also nothing less”.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, who took the stage after after Mr Kirchner, on Tuesday, made no reference to the Argentine leader’s comments.
Mr Ahmadi-Nejad is due to visit Venezuela, a close regional ally of Argentina’s, later this week.
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