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World leaders condemn Mumbai attacks

Posted by :) on December 6, 2008


Support for India at the time of terror attacks has come from leaders worldwide – Reuters

New Delhi: World leaders condemned overnight terror attacks in the commercial hub of the country, Mumbai. There were blasts at landmark places and firing by gunmen in which at least 86 people were killed and 250 others wounded.
US President George W Bush: President Bush offers his condolences to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai,” the White House said in a statement.
US President-elect Barack Obama: President-elect Obama strongly condemns Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai,” said a statement by Brooke Anderson, Obama’s spokeswoman on national security.
“These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism. The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks.”
“We stand with the people of India.”
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown: “These outrageous attacks in Mumbai will be met with a vigorous response. I have sent a message to Prime Minister Singh (Manmohan Singh) that the UK stands solidly with his government as they respond, and to offer all necessary help. Urgent action is underway to offer every possible protection to British citizens in the region,” Brown said in a statement by his office.
Bristish foreign secretary David Miliband: “Today’s attacks in Mumbai which have claimed many innocent victims remind us, yet again, of the threat we face from violent extremists. I condemn these attacks unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured. The UK and India will continue their joint efforts to counter the actions of terrorists,” said a statement released on the Foreign Office website.
Acting Australian Foreign Minister Simon Crean: “This is a cowardly act, it’s indiscriminate, it’s a terrorist act, it’s insulting democracy, and it takes as victims and casualties innocent people,” Crean told reporters.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: “We are concerned about the loss of life and consider that acts of terrorism of this type are harmful to the whole international order and are a challenge to humanity,” Medvedev said through a translator during a visit to Venezuela.
European Union: The European Union condemned the series of attacks in Mumbai. “The French Presidency of the European Union equally condemns the hostage-taking which is continuing in a hotel,” France, which holds the rotating presidency of the 27-member bloc, said in a statement.
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari: He condemned the attacks in Mumbai and stressed the need for taking “strict measures to eradicate terrorism and extremism”.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani: He sought “concerted efforts” to make the region a peaceful place to live in.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi: “I am shocked and horrified at the Mumbai incidents,” he said.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon: He condemned the coordinated terror attacks in Mumbai, saying “such violence is totally unacceptable.”
Ban said that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians and called for the perpetrators of the attacks to be brought to justice.
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Article from: The Australian

KEVIN Rudd yesterday joined world leaders in condemning the Mumbai attacks and called the perpetrators “absolute cowards and murderers”.

“This latest attack on Indian peace, stability and democracy reminds us again of the need to remain forever vigilant,” the Prime Minister said.

Acting Foreign Minister Simon Crean described the attack as cowardly and indiscriminate. “It’s a terrorist act; it’s an assault on democracy,” Mr Crean said.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said such violence was “totally unacceptable”, while Britain condemned the attacks as outrageous and the EU expressed its horror and indignation.

Washington also condemned the attacks and the White House said it had convened a meeting of top intelligence and counter-terrorism officials in response, and stood “ready to assist and support the Indian Government”.

Barack Obama’s chief national security spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, said the president-elect’s prayers were with the victims and their families.

“These co-ordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism,” Ms Anderson said.

“The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks.”

Mr Ban’s office said: “The Secretary-General reiterates his conviction that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly.”

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said he had sent Indian Premier Manmohan Singh a message assuring him that Britain “stands solidly with his Government as they respond, and to offer all necessary help”. “These outrageous attacks in Mumbai will be met with a vigorous response,” Mr Brown said.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said the attacks “remind us, yet again, of the threat we face from violent extremists”. He said Britain and India would “continue their joint efforts to counter the actions of terrorists”.

The French presidency of the EU said it had learned of the attacks with horror and indignation and “condemns them in the strongest possible terms”.

It said the EU “shares in the mourning of the Indian nation and stands by its side during this dramatic test”.

In a separate statement, the EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, said: “Terrorism is never justified and is no means to achieve any goal.”

Canada’s Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon condemned the “savage” attacks. “Canada and India share a commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he said. “Among our mutual priorities is close co-operation to promote international security and fight terrorism.”

Spain’s Crown Prince Felipe voiced “tremendous sadness and condemnation of the attacks”.

Brazil reaffirmed its “strong condemnation of all forms of terrorism” and offered its condolences to the families of the victims, as did Argentina.

Colombia said it had “also suffered at the hands of terrorism and supports the republic of India in its fight against this international scourge, recognising that terrorism is a criminal and unjustifiable action”.

AFP

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