AMIA: FINAL DISCUSSIONS WITH ARGENTINE MFA PRIOR TO INTERPOL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/31/2027
TAGS: PTER, PREL, AR, IR
SUBJECT: AMIA: FINAL DISCUSSIONS WITH ARGENTINE MFA PRIOR
TO INTERPOL GENERAL ASSEMBLY

REF: A. COTONOU 838
B. BUENOS AIRES 2125
C. BUENOS AIRES 2115
D. BUENOS AIRES 2060
E. SECSTATE 147220

Classified By: Charge d’Affaires Tom Kelly for reasons 1.4(b) and (d)

1. (S) Summary: MFA’s AMIA lead Ambassador Guillermo Gonzalez
told Charge October 31 that he felt reasonably confident
Argentina’s request for capture notices would be supported at
the November 5-8 Interpol General Assembly (GA) meeting. He
noted they were still uneasy about Africa — and would
welcome any available information that come in. He said he
believed they have the support of South African Interpol
Executive Committee (EC) President Selebi. He expressed
concern as well about the EC’s Arab members and Russia.
Brazil is sending mixed signals to the Argentines, and the
"Bolivarians" are split. GOA diplomatic efforts will
continue in Rabat, and Gonzalez asked that we pass him
contact information in Rabat for the U.S. delegation stating
he thought it would be useful for the delegations to quietly
touch base before the EC meets prior to the GA meeting. CDA
passed on information from U.S. missions responding to ref.
E, and Gonzalez expressed his great appreciation for USG
efforts on behalf of the GOA. End Summary.

2. (S) CDA and MFA AMIA lead Ambassador Guillermo Gonzalez
compared latest information October 30 and again on October
31, prior to Gonzalez’s departure October 31 for Marrakech.
Gonzalez said that, overall, he was reasonably confident that
Argentina will prevail and that the Interpol Genera Assembly
will vote to support the Executive Committee’s recommendation
to issue capture notices for five of the Iranians indicted by
Argentine justice in the 1994 AMIA terrorist bombing. He
said he was still uneasy about Africa and asked for
information on the responses U.S. missions were getting in
Africa. He was grateful for the news from Cotonou (ref. A)
of Benin’s support for the GOA, as it represented the first
positive news on the issue from Francophone Africa. He said
they had been in contact with the EC President, South African
Jackie Selebi, and felt that the GOA had Selebi on its side.
He relayed that Selebi said he did not see this as a
U.S.-Iran issue and that, in any case, he is not
anti-American. In fact, Selebi reportedly told the
Argentines that there is no other government (referring to
the U.S.) that South Africa feels more comfortable with.
This is an issue between Argentina’s justice system and the
indicted individuals, and Interpol should support the request
for capture notices. Gonzalez said the EC Vice President,
Italian Rodolfo Ronconni, would also be supportive.

3. (S) Gonzalez said they are still getting mixed signals
from Brazil, but said he believes that, given Lula’s
high-level courting of President-elect Cristina Fernandez de
Kirchner, the Brazilians will not let them down. Gonzalez
claimed that the GOA has made some progress in courting
"Bolivarian" countries. Ecuador’s FM informed the GOA that
it would vote to support Iran, although it hoped the vote
would be secret. Gonzalez also said that Bolivia informed
the GOA this week that it would support Argentina. On
Venezuela, Gonzalez said he did not know what the GBRV would
do, but the MFA had conveyed the message that, if Venezuela
cannot support the GOA, it hopes that Venezuela will at least
keep quiet. Failing that, if Venezuela will not support the
GOA, the GOA has asked that it be informed beforehand "and
not stabbed in the back."

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4. (C) Gonzalez said that diplomatic efforts would continue
in Marrakech and that their Embassy in Rabat was working on
setting up meetings with other delegations. Gonzalez asked
that we provide him with contact information in Marrakech for
the U.S. delegation, saying it would be useful for the
delegations to quietly touch base before the EC meets prior
to the GA meeting. Gonzalez asked that we pass to FBI/OIA
Director Tom Fuentes that the EU countries and Selebi said
they would be looking for Fuentes’ active participation in
the EC against any Iranian efforts to derail the process.
Gonzalez said he was comfortable that Iranian efforts could
be countered. He expressed continued concern about the EC’s
Arab members (Algeria and Morocco) and Russia. Gonzalez
noted that U.S. intervention with the Russians may be
required. Gonzalez said that India (who he said will support
Argentina) had heard that Iran was withdrawing its appeal of
the EC decision to issue the capture notices. Gonzalez said
they had checked with Lyon, and Interpol had no information
indicating Iran was withdrawing its appeal.

5. (U) Members of the GOA delegation traveling to Marrakech:
Comisario General Nestor Valleccas, Chief of Federal Police
Ambassador Guillermo Gonzalez, MFA
Comisario Alesandro De Nizo, Interpol Representative
Comisario Inspector, Alberto ChutChurru
Dr. Alberto Nisman, AMIA Special Prosecutor
Dr. Hernan Longo, AMIA Prosecutor
Ministro Rafael Grossi, MFA
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