Last updated: 2 December, 2012

Argentina to propose agenda for Iran talks over bombing

Argentina soon will propose an agenda to Iran on talks to settle lawsuits related to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish aid organization in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, authorities said Saturday.

Argentine and Iranian officials conducted preparatory discussions in Switzerland in October on the bombing in Buenos Aires, the worst attack of its kind in the country’s history.

Since 2006, Argentine courts have demanded the extradition of eight Iranians, including current Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, to face charges over the attack, which injured another 300 people.

“In the coming weeks, our country will present an action plan that will be discussed at the next meeting to be held in January,” Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told reporters at the presidential palace.

Timerman has said the first round achieved “positive results.”

In the July 18, 1994 attack, a van loaded with explosives detonated outside the Israeli-Argentine Mutual Aid Association, leveling the seven-floor building housing it.

The bombing came two years after another attack on the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires that left 29 dead and 200 wounded.

Iran has always denied any involvement in the attacks.

There are around 300,000 Jews living in Argentina, making it the largest Jewish community in Latin America.