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13 September 2001

Asia-Pacific Deplores Attack on U.S., Offers Condolences and Help

(Nations condemn terrorist attacks against civilians) (660)
By Steve La Rocque
Washington File Staff Writer
Washington -- As America recovers from the largest terrorist attack in
history on U.S. soil, allies and friends in the Asia-Pacific region --
large and small -- are offering help and sympathy to the U.S.
government and the American people.
Japan, America's major ally in the region, called the September 11
events "extremely vicious and unforgivable acts of violence."
"On behalf of the people of Japan," Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
said September 12, "I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to
the President of the United States of America and to the American
people."
The series of terrorist attacks, the Japanese leader said, "pose a
grave challenge not only to the United States, but to the entire free
world."
Koizumi said Japan is resolved "to spare no effort in providing
necessary assistance and cooperation. We must stand firmly together
with the concerned nations of the world to ensure that such acts are
never repeated."
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who was in Washington, D.C. to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Australia-New Zealand-United
States (ANZUS) treaty alliance, told reporters he had sent a letter to
President Bush saying the Australian Government and people "share the
sense of horror experienced by your nation at today's catastrophic
events and the appalling loss of life. I feel the tragedy even more
keenly being here in Washington at the moment."
Howard said at the press conference that the United States could be
assured of Australia's "resolute solidarity with the American people
at this most tragic time."
Howard, leader of a nation that fought as an ally of the United States
in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, said
the September 11 terrorist attacks were visited "upon innocent
civilians, men, women and children going about their daily lives."
From the world's most populous nation, Chinese President Jiang Zemin
wrote, "I wish to express, on behalf of the Chinese Government and
people, our deepest sympathy and solicitude to you and, through you,
to the government and people of the United States.
"I wish also to extend our condolences to the families of the
victims," wrote the Chinese leader.
"The Chinese Government has consistently condemned and rejected all
forms of terrorist violence," he wrote.
A spokesman for the Republic of Korea (ROK) said the government and
people of that country "strongly condemn the heinous terrorist attacks
on major U.S. facilities such as the New York World Trade Center and
the Pentagon."
"We stand ready, as a close U.S. ally, to provide all necessary
assistance," he said, adding that South Korea "joins the United States
and other nations in rooting out such terrorist acts, and will spare
no efforts in this endeavor."
New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderson said September 12 he
had sent a message to President Bush expressing that country's support
for the American people at this time.
"The Government is shocked and outraged at the callous killing of
innocent civilians," he said.
New Zealand, Anderson, added, "will stand with all other democratic
countries to do whatever is necessary to prevent and remove threats to
peace and the devastating scourge of terrorism."
The Indonesian government issued a statement saying it condemns "those
barbaric and indiscriminate attacks," and expresses its sympathy to
the people of the United States.
Singapore said September 11 that it was "shocked and outraged,"
adding, "We join others in condemning these acts of terrorism."
The Philippines, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Brunei, Kiribati,
Palau, Niue, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Taiwan
also conveyed similar statements of support and sympathy to the United
States.
(The Washington File is a product of the Office of International
Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:
http://usinfo.state.gov)



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