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Annan: London Terrorist Attacks "Barbaric"

Annan Joins G8 Leaders In Deploring London Terrorist Attacks

New York, Jul 7 2005

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today joined G8 summit leaders in condemning the “barbaric attacks” that rocked London’s public transport system, declaring a united resolve to fight terrorism until victory.

“Those responsible have no respect for human life,” said the joint statement on the deadly explosions, read out by British Prime Minister Tony Blair with the other leaders, including Mr. Annan, standing by him at the Summit venue in Gleneagles, Scotland.

“We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is an attack, not on one nation, but on all nations and on civilized people everywhere,” it added.

The statement was issued in the name of all G8 participants, as well as the leaders of Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, India and China, and the heads of the UN, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, who are also attending the summit.

“We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values. Nor will we allow it to disrupt the work of this Summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interests of a better world,” it declared. “Here at Gleneagles, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve lives. The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying them.”

“The terrorists will not succeed.”

“Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on us. We shall prevail. They shall not,” the statement concluded.

ENDS

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