14 September 2001
Text: EU Joint Declaration on Terrorist Attacks in U.S.
(Signed by heads of state, government; European Commission officials)
The European Union (EU) issued a joint declaration on terrorism
September 14, the day on which all Europeans were asked to observe
three minutes of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks in
New York and Washington earlier in the week.
While the terrorists "struck at the heart of a close friend, a country
with which the European Union is striving to build a better world,"
the declaration said, the attacks were also directed against all
"open, democratic, multicultural and tolerant societies." EU member
countries pledged to "contribute towards the emergence of a strong,
sustained and global action" against terrorism.
"The US Administration and the American people can count on our
complete solidarity and full cooperation to ensure that justice is
done. We will not, under any circumstances, allow those responsible to
find refuge, wherever they may be. Those responsible for hiding,
supporting or harbouring the perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of
these acts will be held accountable."
Following is the text of the declaration:
JOINT DECLARATION BY THE HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF THE EUROPEAN
UNION, THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE PRESIDENT OF THE
EUROPEAN COMMISSION, AND THE HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE COMMON
FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY
14 September 2001
In Europe, and around the world, the horrific terrorist attacks on the
United States have shocked our citizens. As an expression of
solidarity with the American people, Europe has declared 14 September
a day of mourning. We invite all European citizens to observe, at
noon, a three-minute silence to express our sincere and deepest
sympathy for the victims and their families.
On 12 September, the European Union condemned the perpetrators,
organisers and sponsors of these terrorist attacks in the strongest
possible terms. The European Union announced that it would make every
possible effort to ensure that those responsible for these acts of
savagery are brought to justice and punished. The US Administration
and the American people can count on our complete solidarity and full
cooperation to ensure that justice is done. We will not, under any
circumstances, allow those responsible to find refuge, wherever they
may be. Those responsible for hiding, supporting or harbouring the
perpetrators, organisers and sponsors of these acts will be held
This assault on humanity struck at the heart of a close friend, a
country with which the European Union is striving to build a better
world. But these terrible terrorist attacks were also directed against
us all, against open, democratic, multicultural and tolerant
societies. We call on all countries that share these universal ideals
and values to join together in the battle against terrorist acts
perpetrated by faceless killers who claim the lives of innocent
victims. Nothing can justify the utter disregard for ethical values
and human rights. Global solidarity is at stake. Together,
irrespective of our origins, race or religion, we must work tirelessly
to find solutions to the conflicts that all too often serve as a
pretext for savagery.
We call on all countries to redouble their efforts in the fight
against terrorism. This is essential for security of our citizens and
the stability of our societies. International organisations, and the
United Nations in particular, must make this an absolute priority. We
shall act with determination and ambition to overcome any obstacles in
our path. To eliminate this evil, the police and judicial authorities
of all our countries must, in the coming days, intensify their
efforts. International law makes it possible to hunt the perpetrators,
organizers and instigators of terrorism wherever they are. It is not
tolerable for any country to harbour terrorists.
These tragic events oblige us to take urgent decisions on how the
European Union should respond to these challenges :
- The European Union must commit itself tirelessly to defend justice
and democracy at a global level, to promote an international framework
of security and prosperity for all countries, and to contribute
towards the emergence of a strong, sustained and global action against
- We shall continue to develop the Common Foreign and Security Policy
with a view to ensuring that the Union is genuinely capable of
speaking out clearly and doing so with one voice.
- We shall make the European Security and Defence Policy operational
as soon as possible. We will make every effort to strengthen our
intelligence efforts against terrorism.
- The European Union will accelerate the implementation of a genuine
European judicial area, which will entail, among other things, the
creation of a European warrant for arrest and extradition, in
accordance with the Tampere conclusions, and the mutual recognition of
legal decisions and verdicts.
Our citizens will not be intimidated. Our societies will continue to
function undeterred. But today our thoughts are with the victims,
their families and the American people.
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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