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11 September 2002

Powell Tells U.N. Delegates "We Are All In This Together"

(Addresses U.N. Security Council memorial service September 11) (1180)
"We are all in this together," Secretary of State Colin Powell told
United Nations delegates at a special U.N. Security Council memorial
service to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"Terrorism is antithetical to the better world for which we have
worked since the United Nations was founded," said Powell.
From the fire, smoke, and confusion after the attacks, it was clear
that the terrorists acted not only against America, said Powell, "they
attacked the values of the civilized world that are enshrined in the
United Nations charter. It was clear that terrorism is a threat to
international peace and security, and it was clear that all the
world's nations had to take concerted action if this menace was to be
eradicated once and for all," he said.
The Secretary praised the accomplishments of the international
community working in cooperation against terrorism, highlighting the
fall of the Taliban regime and the destruction of al Qaeda in
Afghanistan. He said the actions taken against terrorists "have shown
the power of our collective will."
"Thanks to our combined efforts, every day, somewhere in the world,
terrorists are being arrested. Their cells are being broken up. Their
financial bloodlines are being severed. Their plans are being
disrupted. And their attacks are being foiled," said Powell.
Powell recommitted the United States to the "common fight against
terrorism," and to the United Nations effort to "build a world of
peace, prosperity and freedom, where terrorism cannot thrive."
He warned that the fight against terror would be a "long, hard effort
measured in years, not in months," and would need to be "more than a
response to the particular events of September 11th. It is about
eliminating terrorism as a global menace."
Following is the transcript of Secretary Powell's September 11 address
to the United Nations:
(begin transcript)
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
(New York, New York)
For Immediate Release                                     
September 11, 2002
2002/1
REMARKS
Secretary Of State Colin L. Powell
To the Security Council of the United Nations 
September 11, 2002
(1:00 p.m. EDT)
SECRETARY POWELL: Thank you very much, Mr. President and Mr. Secretary
General, distinguished members of the Council. Thank you, Mr.
President, for convening this meeting of the United Nations Security
Council.
We gather on this solemn anniversary as representatives of our own
countries and also as representatives of the international community.
Together, we honor the dead of 90 nations who were murdered on this
day one year ago -- men and women of every continent, culture and
creed -- of every region, race and religion.
A full cycle of seasons has come and gone for the loved ones of the
victims. Their grief is still fresh. For them, the past twelve months
have been a chronicle of absences, a calendar filled with daily
reminders of loss. Missing faces, missing voices, missing embraces.
Absences as poignant and palpable as the Twin Towers missing from the
New York skyline. On this day of remembrance, we extend to the family
members all over the world our deepest condolences for their sorrow.
Here in the United States, September 11th is seared deeply into our
national consciousness. The attacks on our soil drew us closer as a
people. They also drew us closer to people of kindness and goodwill
across the globe. We will never forget the outpouring of sympathy and
solidarity we received from throughout the international community. On
behalf of President Bush, on behalf of the American people, I wish to
express my country's abiding gratitude to all those who reached out to
us at our time of national trial.
Amidst the fire and smoke, amidst the confusion and shock, some things
became very clear to us in the United States and to the entire
international community:
It was clear that the terrorists did not just strike America; they
attacked the values of the civilized world that are enshrined in the
United Nations Charter.
It was clear that terrorism is a threat to international peace and
security.
And it was clear that all the world's nations had to take concerted
action if this menace is to be eradicated once and for all.
And so, in defense of shared values and out of a sense of shared
vulnerability, the world answered President Bush's call for a great
global coalition against terrorism. This Council, the General
Assembly, and every single regional and subregional organization
represented at this world body condemned the attacks. Members of the
United Nations made binding commitments to combat terrorism, and in
the past 12 months much has been accomplished.
Together, we have taken decisive steps to weaken terrorism's deadly
grip on various parts of the globe, not least on Afghanistan.
Coalition forces led by the United States have liberated the Afghan
people from the dual tyranny of al-Qaida terrorists and the Taliban.
With the assistance of the international community, Afghanistan now
has an interim governing and an agreed path to a representative
government. The world community is working with Afghanistan's new
leadership to meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people,
including those needs of millions of returning refugees and the
internally displaced. With the contribution of donor nations across
the globe, the international community is helping the Afghan people
begin the enormous task of recovery and reconstruction.
For the first time in over two decades, the men and women of
Afghanistan look to the future with hope.
Elsewhere in the world, the international community is making it
harder by the day for terrorists to support their operations, acquire
weapons of mass destruction, move about freely, find sanctuary,
communicate and plot. Thanks to our combined efforts, every day
somewhere in the world, terrorists are being arrested, their cells are
being broken up, their financial bloodlines are being severed, their
plans are being disrupted and their attacks are being foiled.
Indeed, the acts we have taken to date against terrorism have shown
the power of our collective will.
From the beginning, all of us recognized that our fight has to be more
than a response to the particular events of September 11th. It is
about eliminating terrorism as a global menace. We must be prepared
for a long, hard effort, measured in years, not in months.
For our part, the people of the United States understand that: long
after the void in New York City's skyline has been filled by a fitting
monument, long after it is possible to tell where the rebuilt the
walls of the Pentagon meet the old, long after nature has mended the
gash in that Pennsylvania field, our country must and will remain
vigilant and resolute, not just for our own sakes, but for the well
being of people everywhere.
Terrorism is antithetical to the better world for which we have worked
since the United Nations was founded. We are all in this together.
And so, on behalf of President Bush and the American people, I
solemnly recommit the United States to our common fight to end
terrorism. We join all the members of the United Nations in the effort
to build a world of peace, prosperity and freedom, where terrorism
cannot thrive.
Thank you very much.
(end transcript)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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