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Tuesday, November 17, 1998 Published at 00:25 GMT

World: Americas

Argentines open commission to investigate Nazi activities

An official commission has been opened in Argentina to investigate the activities of Nazi war criminals who were given refuge in the country after the Second World War.

The foreign minister, Guido Di Tella, speaking at the inauguration, said Argentines were ashamed of their government's collaboration with the Nazis.

He said it was necessary to learn the mistakes of the past to avoid similar errors in the future.

Hundreds of Nazis and Nazi sympathisers are believed to have entered the country during the late 1940s and early '50s.

In recent years there has been a resurgence of neo-Nazi activities in Argentina, which is home to a large Jewish community.

In 1995 Argentina deported a former German Nazi officer, Erich Priebke, to Italy to stand trial for war crimes and earlier this year a man, Dinko Sakic, who'd admitted being a concentration camp commander was extradited to Croatia.

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