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Iran criticizes remarks by Argentinean president

United Nations, New York, Oct 6, IRNA - Iran's permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has officially criticized recent baseless remarks made by Argentinean President Nistor Kirchner.

In a letter to the President of the UN General Assembly Srgjan Kerim, the Iranian envoy stressed that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always condemned all acts of terrorism wherever and by whoever committed.

On Tuesday, September 25, 2007, the Argentinean president in his statement before the General Assembly raised some absurd allegations against the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the AMIA bombing.

"We condemned the Amia bombing and called for the application of justice to those who committed the crime," the Iranian envoy said in his letter.

In explosions at two Jewish centers in Argentina, including the buildings of Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) and Delegation of Israeli Argentine Associations (DAIA) on July 18, 1994, 85 people lost their lives and more than 250 others were injured.

It is, however, disappointing to see that, after 13 long years, perpetrators of this terrorist act are yet to be apprehended and brought to justice, the letter said adding, "The reason for this failure is too obvious to explain. Inefficient and corrupt judicial system, coupled with political rivalries and exigencies, has rendered Argentinean authorities incapable of dealing with the Amia case in a proper and purely legal manner."

In such circumstances, perpetrators of the Amia terrorist bombing have been able to get away with impunity, and instead, a number of innocent Iranian nationals have been unjustly and baselessly accused, it noted.

"Against this background and despite the fact that not a single credible evidence has been provided to prove the involvement of Iranian nationals in that terrorist act, the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran agreed, as an utter sign of good will, to cooperate with the Argentinean Judiciary to see to the case in order to remove any misunderstanding caused by years of slanderous fabrications and manipulations, as well as to restore the reputation of the Iranian nationals unjustly harmed by baseless allegations and in the hope that some lights be finally shed on this complicated case," the letter wrote.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, mindful of the negative impacts those baseless allegations have exerted on Iran-Argentina bilateral relations for the past decade, has put forward a number of initiatives and proposals to deal with this issue based on each other's domestic law as well as on international law, it added.

The letter further stressed that the Argentinean authorities are expected to consider these initiatives very seriously and let the logic and rule of law prevail over politics and third parties' ploys.

"The unfounded claims made by the president of the Republic of Argentina did not astonish us, since the news of such an unwise move had been circulated by pro-Zionist media and American proxies well in advance.

"However, it was expected that the president would exercise vigilance not to be influenced by the biased and hostile political and propaganda campaign directed against Iran in order to undermine the friendly bilateral relations between Iran and other countries including Argentina.

"Indeed, this scenario has been designed to tarnish the image of Iran by certain quarters in the US and Israel. It has had nothing to do with justice, law and even facts," it noted.

The letter further said, "It should be stressed that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran resolves to restore the reputation of its nationals harmed by irresponsible allegations and shameless fabrications. In this context, those who collaborated to dishonoring the Iranian nationals by leveling unfounded allegations against them will be held accountable. We remind the government of the Republic of Argentina of its responsibility in this regard." The Iranian envoy called for circulation of the letter as a document of the General Assembly.

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