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Argentina releases 'blacklists' compiled by dictatorship

Argentina on Thursday released blacklists, including writer Julio Cortazar and folk singer Mercedes Sosa, found among a trove of newly discovered documents from the country's 1976 to 1983 military dictatorship. The list contains the names of 285 artists, actors, journalists and others given the designation "Formula 4" by the junta, according to the country's defense ministry. The label singled out those seen as unfit for government jobs, state aid or subsidies because of alleged Marxist leanings.

Argentina says Iran committed to probing 1994 bombing

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Iran has approved a deal with Argentina to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that courts in the South American country accuse Tehran of sponsoring, Argentine official state news service Telam said. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman met in New York on Saturday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who assured him Iran "would honor all points of the agreement" to shed light on the bombing that killed 85 people, Telam said.

Argentine foreign minister calls on London to negotiate over disputed islands

United Nations, Jun 20 (EFE).- Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman once again asked the British government to sit down and negotiate "right now" and "without demands" to find a peaceful solution to the longstanding bilateral conflict over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands. "My country is seated at the dialogue table, but regrettably the end of the controversy is still kidnapped in London," Timerman told the U.N. Decolonization Committee.

Argentina says Ban must 'wear down' Britain over Falklands

Argentina's foreign minister on Tuesday called on UN leader Ban Ki-Moon to "wear down" British resistance to discussing the Falkland islands. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman slammed a referendum held in the islands this month as "illegal". Britain's UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said however it was "untenable" for Argentina to reject the overwhelming vote in favour of British rule.

Interpol ratifies arrest warrants for Iranians

Interpol said Friday it was not lifting arrest warrants for Iranians suspected of involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, despite Tehran's steps to co-operate. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman read from a letter announcing the international police organization's decision at a press conference. He noted that while an agreement between Argentina and Iran to set up a truth commission over the bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires was "positive," it did not mean the arrest warrants would be lifted.

Argentina digs in on Iran terror probe plan

Argentina's top diplomat on Wednesday insisted that an Argentine judge would question Iranian suspects in the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities building, despite an apparent Iranian refusal. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman gave the assurance to a Senate committee a day after Iran's foreign ministry said assertions that former Iranian officials would be questioned were "a sheer lie." Timerman insisted, however, that Iran had agreed in a memorandum of understanding to the questioning of eight Iranians wanted for the bombing, which killed 85 people.

Iran rejects grilling of officials in Argentina bomb probe

Iran denied Tuesday that Iranians facing international arrest warrants for their alleged roles in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre will be questioned by an Argentinian judge, as announced by Argentine's foreign minister. "The matter of questioning of some of the Iranian officials is a sheer lie. It seems that those who are concerned by the actual agreement are spreading such reports," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly press conference.

British posture on Falklands 'smells of oil': Argentina

Argentina's foreign minister said Thursday that Britain's attachment to the Falkland Islands had a "strong smell of oil," in a swipe at British underwater prospecting around the disputed archipelago. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, who visited London this week to meet groups promoting bilateral dialogue, accused Britain of "not moving its posture by one iota" and "using the islanders to justify its own intransigence." "What I sense in the British position is a strong smell of oil," Timerman told Radio del Plata.

Falkland Islanders 'do not exist' says Argentina

Argentina's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Wednesday that the Falkland Islanders "do not exist" after snubbing the chance of talks with their government members. Timerman told a press conference in London that the 3,000-odd residents of the South Atlantic archipelago were simply British citizens who live there. British Foreign Secretary William Hague met Jan Cheek and Dick Sawle, from the eight-member Falkland Islands legislative assembly, for talks at the Foreign Office in London, but Timerman declined an invitation to join them.

UPDATE 2-Oil fuels British-Argentine standoff over Falklands

* Argentine foreign minister visiting London over Falkland Islands dispute * Meets hostile response; British, Argentine accusations fly * Vows to prosecute oil firms exploring islands, accuses them of theft (Adds quotes, details) By Mohammed Abbas
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