Cablegate: Media Reaction; Amia Case - Interpol to Order Arrest Of
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; AMIA CASE - INTERPOL TO ORDER ARREST OF
FIVE IRANIANS; SEPTEMBER 11 MASTERMIND; ARGENTINE NEGOTIATIONS WITH
THE PARIS CLUB; 03/16/07; BUENOS AIRES
1. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Major international stories today focus on Interpol's Executive
Committee unanimously accepting Argentina's petition to have red
notices issued against five Iranians and one Lebanese (although not
for former Iranian President Akbar Rafsanjani), suspected of
involvement in the 1994 AMIA bombing; Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
claiming responsibility for the September 11 attacks and the
beheading of US journalist Daniel Pearl; the impact of Mohammed's
claim on criticism of the US suspect questioning methods used in the
"Global War on Terrorism;" and the Argentine Government's
negotiations with the Paris Club.
2. OPINION PIECES
- "Fifteen years without an answer"
Ricardo Kirschbaum, general editor of leading "Clarin," penned "The
decision was made just at the right moment. Fifteen years away from
the attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Interpol
accepted Argentina's petition to have red notices issued against
five former Iranian government officials and one Lebanese for their
alleged involvement in another major terrorist attack - the one
against the AMIA...
"This international warrant signifies partial acknowledgment that
the Argentine claim is legitimate, although it does not make certain
that the conspiracy which took the car-bomb to the AMIA was decided
by the Iranian intelligence apparatus and Hezbollah. What is still
more patent is that all this picks up what Israel and the US have
always thought - this is to say, Iran masterminded the terrorist
"... The abrupt change in the official investigation of Iran in the
framework of the AMIA case was also seen as an outcome of a
reshuffled and improved US-Argentine bilateral relationship."
- "Methods feeding criticism of Bush"
Hugo Alconada Mon, Washington-based correspondent for
daily-of-record "La Nacion," writes (03/16) "Three years ago, Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed's confession would have reaped tangible benefits to
the Bush administration. It would have contributed votes for Bush's
reelection and renewed support for his 'global war on terrorism.'
However, yesterday, it brought more criticism of Bush. The fact that
he sent troops to Iraq that should have focused instead on fighting
Al Qaeda and the way the confession of Osama Bin Laden's aide was
obtained feeds mistrust in the Middle East and criticism from the
"Mohammed's confession could also serve to assess the power Bush
still retains and the other side of the coin, which is the
counterweight that the Supreme Court of Justice could wield...
"... Mohammed's claim could also feed the arguments of those who
defend the existence and efficacy of Guantanamo's controversial
centers of detention.
"However, Mohammed's claim also revives criticism of the policies
carried out by the White House ever since the September 11
- "Strong spat between Miceli and the Paris Club"
Leading "Clarin" carries an op-ed piece by Marcelo Bonelli, economic
columnist of the paper, who comments (03/16) "Felisa Miceli had a
harsh exchange of letters with Xavier Musca, the head of the Paris
Club... Miceli rejected all the demands set by Musca for Argentina
to strike a deal with the G7.
"Miceli is against G7 advice to use Argentine reserves in order to
pay off the country's defaulted debt with the Paris Club.
"... The (Argentine) Government will not make progress on any
negotiation to reach a deal with the IMF...
"The situation reflects a political issue - the negotiations with
the Paris Club are stalled...
"Until last night, no meeting between Miceli and US Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson had been scheduled. Minister Miceli asked US
Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Tom Shannon for
the meeting, who committed to arranging it but so far there has been
"The Argentine Government suspects the delay could be caused by
Washington's irritation over the Argentine Government's ties with
"Kirchner lashed out: 'They are a bunch of hypocrites. Why don't
they say the US and Venezuela have business together of some 50
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