A statement by Argentina and the United States rejecting the presence of the Iranian Mohsen Rezaei in Nicaragua | The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States approved the proposal

Argentina, jointly with the United States, submitted a joint declaration approved by the Permanent Council of the People’s Republic of China Organization of American States (OAS) And where to be Nicaragua Iranian Vice President Mohsen Rezaei, Wanted by the Argentine Justice for Attack against AMIA. At the same time, She urged all countries to effectively comply with Interpol’s red alert notices. Nicaragua defended the invitation, saying that his country “can invite whomever it wants and that if that person arrives with good behavior, the doors will always remain open.” Page 12: “Here it was not about Nicaragua or the Organization of American States or the United States, here it was about the AMIA case and the goal is that Razai is a fugitive from Argentine justice.” The declaration, which has already been signed by most states, can be initialed until February. Countries such as Bolivia or Mexico spoke in favor of the Declaration in their interventions, but asked for time to make a decision.


As is known, Razai appeared in a place of honor upon the appeal of Daniel Ortega as President of Nicaragua. The attendance surprised everyone and seemed to have been secretly planned because the current Vice President of Iran was not on the guest list. It became known that he was there when he appeared next to Ortega.

What is concrete is that the Argentine ambassador in Managua, Daniel KapticThe Chaco Governor’s brother found out about it the next day because he was with the other ambassadors outside the central area of ​​the ceremony. Because he did not know Rezaei, he was not aware of his existence. The opposition, especially relatives of the victims of the attack, strongly criticized what they saw as the diplomat’s lack of reaction. In any case, the next day the State Department condemned Rezai’s presence in Managua and lodged a complaint with Ortega’s government for not activating the red alerts.

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In the meeting that Santiago Cafiero held on Tuesday in Washington with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Counsellor raised the topic The proposed declaration was later agreed upon in the Organization of American States. “The goal was to put the AMIA issue and the red alerts back on the agenda,” they say at the State Department.

The offer was made at the Organization of American States because it is a legislative body that quickly allows a proposal for cooperation for the entire region. In fact, this matter was discussed in the Standing Committee on Wednesday itself and the majority of states signed the declaration condemning Rezai’s attendance, and “Support the efforts of the Argentine Republic to achieve justice in the attack on AMIA and condemnation of Razai’s visit to Nicaragua. and our hemisphere as an affront to Argentine justice and to the victims of the attack.”

The statement urged “Nicaragua and other countries in the inter-American system to act appropriately in relation to INTERPOL’s Red Notices.”

In principle, 15 countries signed the declaration, among them the countries that proposed it, Argentina and the United States, as well as Canada, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Ecuador. As is known, Cuba is not present, Venezuela is represented by a delegate from Juan Guaido and Nicaragua spoke against it. There is time to sign the declaration, which is why Mexico and Bolivia have spoken in his favour, but said they are waiting for instructions from their governments.


INTERPOL Red Alert Arrest Warrants is a tool designed for people who have committed ordinary crimes and demanded by their countries of origin. The case of AMIA, in this context, is very special, because the country of origin scramble For the accused and confirms that the lawsuit is void. So Iran is on one side and Argentina on the other. North Amarica Ronald NobleThe former Secretary General of INTERPOL, has long phrased the issue as “a conflict between two INTERPOL member countries. Therefore, an agreement must be sought to resolve the conflict.”

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Since the police of each country is the branch of INTERPOL, It is highly unlikely that such police would act in conflict with the government of their country. This is why Razai was an official guest in Nicaragua and they did not arrest him: it is clear that the Nicaraguan government police would not arrest an official guest of the Nicaraguan government. The same thing happened when Rezaei was in Singapore and Malaysia, while the other fugitive, Ali Akbar Velayati, was in Bolivia.


Razai’s presence in Managua raises a series of elements for analysis.

* Of course, Tehran sent the vice president knowing that he is a fugitive from Argentine justice. The Iranian government, which is now in the hands of the harder wing, launched this move because it asserts that the AMIA case is an armed act inspired by the rights of the United States and Israel.

* For Argentina, the concrete thing is that Rezaei is a fugitive and that in any case he must defend himself and cooperate with the judicial process.

* The United States is in the process of negotiating with Iran. Trump has cut ties with Tehran and Biden is reviving. They are now asserting in Washington that the sanctions imposed on Iran have led to the weakening of the most moderate sectors and the rise of the most extremist, nationalist and hostile groups.

* One of the symptoms of this rapprochement is that Saudi Arabia and Iran, the arch-enemy, restored relations this week. As is known, the Saudi regime is a great ally of Washington.

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As expected, the explanation appears to be that the State Department made a gesture of siding with the United States to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund. They responded in the Palacio San Martín that the objective fact was that an Argentine fugitive was in Nicaragua as an official guest. This specific fact has been answered, through a specific instrument such as the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States. They concluded by saying at the State Department: “They should say that Washington supported us in this case.”

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