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US declassifies Argentina coup files in largest ever handover

AFP  |  Washington 

The handed thousands of documents Friday to on disappearances by the former US-backed military dictatorship, completing Washington's biggest-ever transfer of documents to another government.

With a ceremony at the National Archives, the grand in that is home to the US Constitution and other founding documents, the fulfilled a pledge made three years ago by then when he honored the victims of the 1976-1983 military regime on a visit to

Receiving the files from the archivist of the United States, Argentina's German Garavano said the documents "will be fundamental to justice." "This is good for the Argentine people to learn from the past and not repeat this in the future," he said.

In an accompanying letter to his Argentine counterpart Mauricio Macri, said the declassification "demonstrates our shared commitment to promoting open and transparent government." "It also reflects the importance that the places in its relations with Argentina," said Trump, who visited in late 2018.

"My hope is that access to these records provides the people of information to help in the healing process." The State Department said that the United States was releasing 6,000 new documents, bringing the total handed over through the project to 50,000 pages.

The files include memoranda and correspondence from the State Department, CIA and other agencies that detail what the United States knew about the abuses in

Some 30,000 people were killed or remain missing from Argentina's "dirty war," when security forces and right-wing paramilitaries hunted down any perceived leftists.

The military ousted leftist in 1976, one of a series of coups in supported by the United States under top as part of the worldwide offensive against communism.

Trump has sworn anew to destroy socialism, including seeking to oust Venezuela's President But he did not stop the declassification amid appeals from Macri, a conservative who enjoys warm relations with Trump.

The National Security Archive, the history project at University that frequently takes legal action to declassify documents, praised the comprehensiveness of the release.

"The Argentina Project represents a new model of declassification diplomacy, and more," said Carlos Osorio, an at the archive.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 23:15 IST