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NYT demands Obama declassifies Argentina's dictatorship-era files

The article ''America''s role in Argentina''s Dirty War'' shows a picture of the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayor human rights group rallying during the 1976-1983 dictatorship in the Plaza de Mayo square, demanding to know the whereabouts of their missing sons and daughters.

The New York Times today published an editorial in which the prestigious newspaper referred to Barack Obama’s visit to Argentina next week and the role plated by the United States in the country’s 1976-1983 civil-military dictatorship, saying the president of that country “should make a pledge that Washington will more fully reveal its role in a dark chapter of Argentine history.”

“When President Obama visits Argentina next week during the 40th anniversary of the coup, he should make a pledge that Washington will more fully reveal its role in a dark chapter of Argentine history," the NY Times said and pointed out that the State Department has already declassified around 4,700 documents from the “Dirty War” period. However, it adds, "much of that record remains obscured."

“Declassifying a more extensive set of documents would also bring into sharper focus a shameful period of American foreign policy, during which Washington condoned and in some instances supported the brutal tactics of right-wing governments in the region. It is time for the American government to do what it still can to help bring the guilty to justice and give the victims’ families some of the answers they seek,” the editorial reads also highlighting the struggle of Argentine human rights groups in seeking the truth about the country’s darkest period when “military officials abducted thousands of civilians” and “hundreds of babies, who were stolen from Argentines who were arbitrarily detained, were raised by military families.”

The title of the article is "America’s Role in Argentina’s Dirty War."

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