Argentina’s government has received a host of declassified files from France detailing human rights violations committed by the brutal 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
France’s Ambassador to Argentina Anne-Marie Descôtes passed the digital files to Argentina’s Deputy Foreign Minister Pablo Tettamanti at an event earlier this week. The two sides hope the exchange may assist with prosecutions for crimes against humanity committed during Argentina’s dark era of state terrorism.
According to the Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires, the digital files feature copies of declassified diplomatic files that detail human rights violations committed by Argentina’s military junta. They were handed over under the framework of a previous agreement outlining the exchange of documents related to the last dictatorship.
"The exchange of copies of the diplomatic archives constitutes a contribution to the clarification of facts that involve a violation of human rights in the recent past and to the elucidation of cases of forced disappearance of persons," said Argentina’s government in a statement.
The information received will be "of great use in the continuity of the processes of Memory, Truth and Justice, a State policy and one of the pillars of Argentine foreign policy," read a statement from the Foreign Ministry
During a meeting held at the Quai d'Orsay, the headquarters of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, diplomats from the two nations exchanged views on "the geopolitical context and the Latin American situation." They also discussed "issues of common interest such as climate change and diversity, human rights, food security, bilateral trade and Antarctic cooperation."
The meeting was attended by the Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of the French Foreign Ministry, Michèle Ramis, the portfolio’s Director for Europe, Claudio Giacomino, and Argentina’s Ambassador to France Leonardo Costantino.
As for the documents handed over by France, the Palacio San Martín indicated that they "contain valuable information relating to human rights violations committed in our country, in the framework of the agreement on the exchange of diplomatic documents for the elucidation of serious human rights violations."
"France and Argentina share a firm commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights and hold common positions and initiatives on various issues, such as the protection of persons against enforced disappearances, LGBTIQ+ and the fight against discrimination," the Foreign Ministry concluded.