We admit it: we’ve been negligent. Like the media we follow, this blog got too caught up in nuclear talks at the expense of other Iran-related issues. Time to correct that, with an update on media coverage of the AMIA investigation affair.
The AMIA case and the MoU signed earlier this year has continued to play a major role in Iranian-Argentine relations. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham recently called on the foreign ministries of the two countries to cooperate to resolve differences on the issue. Within Argentina, however, AMIA is as much a local issue as a foreign policy matter.
According to recent reports, Buenos Aires has yet to appoint a judge to determine whether or not the Iranian-Argentine agreement is even constitutional. Hence the question being asked by the Argentine media: how, then, will the country appoint a judge to accompany AMIA investigation head Alberto Nisman to Iran?
Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timmerman has been adamant that his country isn’t zigzagging on the issue of the investigation and that it was making every effort to attain justice – for example, by asking Washington to put the bombing on its agenda for dialogue with Tehran.
To reinforce this point, Fernandez mentioned the bombing at the opening of her September UN General Assembly address. She later expounded on the MoU agreement, noting that Haassan Rouhani’s rise to power had facilitated a deal and demonstrated that the new Iranian leadership aspires toward democracy and peace.
Truth is – and we’re surprised the local media in Buenos Aires hasn’t picked up on this yet – Iran has already attained what it sought by launching the process: legitimacy, for itself and its bombing suspects. Who even remembers anymore that we’re talking about a terrorist attack in which 85 people were killed?
Here’s wishing Argentine President Cristina Fernandez a speedy recovery.