Argentine leader slams failure to catch Buenos Aires bombers
NEW YORK - Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, meeting Wednesday with Jewish leaders, termed "scandalous" the fact that those responsible for the car bomb that demolished the Jewish community offices in Buenos Aires were still at large.
July 18 will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist bombing that killed scores.
Jewish activists in Argentina and the United States harbor well-founded suspicions that extremist elements within the Buenos Aires police obstructed the investigation into the attack.
Kirchner promised to recruit the support of fellow South American presidents for a proposed resolution against anti-Semitism at the United Nations General Assembly.
Meanwhile, in a joint Jewish-Catholic declaration scheduled to be announced Thursday in Buenos Aires, the Catholic Church will call for increased struggle against anti-Semitism in view of the spurt of anti-Semitic incidents in several European countries.
The declaration caps an interfaith dialogue in Buenos Aires among Catholic and Jewish delegations of clerics and scholars.
Senior Jewish participants in that dialogue noted Wednesday that such a declaration by the church would constitute another link in the global effort to combat anti-Semitism, after the European Commission joined the cause and after a declaration countering anti-Semitism was published at the close of an international conference in Berlin.
At the recent United Nations seminar devoted to the subject, Secretary General Kofi Annan pledged that "the battle against anti-Semitism is the UN's battle."