BUENOS AIRES: The Jewish community expressed vehement opposition Monday to Argentina and Iran's agreement to create a "truth commission" to probe a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center that killed 85 people.
Argentine prosecutors have accused top Iranian officials of involvement in the bombing of the seven story building that housed the Israelite Argentine Mutual Aid Association (AMIA).
But on Sunday, President Cristina Kirchner announced a deal with Tehran for a probe by a commission composed of five independent judges -- none of whom would be from either Iran or Argentina.
The country's two largest Jewish organizations -- the AMIA and the Delegation of Israelite Argentine Associations (DAIA) -- charged that creation of the commission "would imply a decline in our sovereignty."
"To ignore everything that the Argentine justice has done and to replace it with a commission that, in the best of cases, will issue, without any defined deadline, a 'recommendation' to the parties constitutes, without doubt, a reversal in the common objective of obtaining justice," the groups said in a joint statement.
Since 2006, Argentina has sought the extradition of eight Iranians, including current Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Velayati.