Off topic: Comments on the accuracy of Farsi version of MoU
Thread poster: Sebastian Wasserzug

Sebastian Wasserzug  Identity Verified
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Feb 20, 2013


Argentina and Iran have recently singed a Memorandum of Understanding in relation to a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires in 1994 -the infamous "AMIA case," a it is known. Its endorsement by the Argentinean Congress is expected to take place in these coming weeks.

This MoU is already causing a lot of controversy in Argentina, not least because there seem to be discrepancies between the Spanish and English versions of the text.

I was wondering if anyone here could have a look at the Farsi version (pages 31-33 in the PDF link bellow) and report on its accuracy against the English version (pp. 37-39).

Unfortunately, I do not speak any Farsi, so English descriptions/explanations would be ideal!




Ahmad Hosseinzadeh  Identity Verified
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Just some minor mistakes Mar 5, 2013

Dear Sebastian,

I read through the Farsi and English versions, and didn't find any major discrepancy. There are just a few minor problems which I list them here:

Under section (1): “commissioner” should be simply عضو.
Under section (2): “rules of procedure” once is translated as آیین کار and another time as آیین‌نامه اجرایی.
Under section (3): “Once the commission is established” is missing from the Persian version.
Under section (4): “from both parties” is missing from the Persian version.
Under section (5): “to questioning of whom” is translated as سؤال از اتباع ایرانی [literally, questioning Iranian nationals].
Under section (6): There’s a phrase in Persian version that’s not in the English one (پس از امضا توسط وزرای خارجه جمهوری اسلامی ایران و جمهوری آرژانتین literally, after being signed by the ministers of foreign affairs of Islamic Republic of Iran and Republic of Argentine).

Hope this would help,



Sebastian Wasserzug  Identity Verified
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Thanks a million! Mar 6, 2013

Hi Ahmad,

Wow -thanks a lot for your accurate and useful report!! It's been very helpful, yes. Seems like a pretty accurate rendering into Persian then, no doubt. (I've also received a couple of private messages from colleagues confirming what you're saying).

Have a good Wednesday in far-away legenday Iran!




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