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11 September 2002

Negroponte Tells U.N. "We Have Made Common Cause Against Terror"

(Remarks at U.N. commemoration of September 11 attacks) (610)
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Negroponte told those gathered for the
United Nations' September 11, 2002 commemoration of the 9/11/01
terrorist attacks that the "United Nations understood that the attacks
on the United States were attacks on civilization everywhere.
"The General Assembly gave swift voice to its outrage, the Secretary
General spoke out forcefully and the Security Council condemned acts
of international terrorism as threats to international peace and
security," said Negroponte.
"The United States is grateful for this solidarity," he said. "We must
make common cause against terror, and we have made common cause
against terror."
Following is the US/UN transcript:
(begin transcript)
United States Mission to the United Nations
USUN PRESS RELEASE
September 11, 2002
Remarks by Ambassador John D. Negroponte at the Commemoration of
9/11/01 in New York on 9/11/02
Following is the USUN text:
President Kavan and Secretary General Annan, thank you for your
presence and for sponsoring this commemorative event.
Ladies and Gentlemen, so many of you have approached me and my
colleagues at the US Mission to express your personal solidarity as
friends of New York and America. I wish I could thank you one by one.
Please know that your words of condolence and sympathy rest in a
special place with each of us. As diplomats and international civil
servants, we are professionals in dealing with issues and events that
transcend our individual concerns and interests. At the end of the
day, though, we all need to feel a sustaining sense of connection, one
person in touch with another. You have provided us with that sense of
connection. Because of your support, we have not felt alone in the
face of tragedy.
September 11, 2001 reminded us-and will always remind us-that every
day is precious. Every day is a struggle between doing what is right
and what is wrong.
In the past year we have come to know the biographies of almost 3,000
victims of terror, including nationals from over 90 countries-your own
fellow citizens. Week by week the New York Times has published
vignettes and anecdotes about those who perished in the World Trade
towers. Which one of them was not a gift to his or her family,
colleagues, community? Which one of them was not contributing to the
great effort we at the United Nations embrace -- the creation of a
better, safer, more prosperous world?
Today we honor these victims' inspiring lives. We also give thanks for
those heroes who, in the last twelve months, have made the ultimate
sacrifice in driving terror from the face of the earth so that the
worst part of September 11, 2001 might become history and the best
part-the miracle of constructive human endeavor-might become the
future.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the United Nations understood that the attacks
on the United States were attacks on civilization everywhere. The
General Assembly gave swift voice to its outrage, the Secretary
General spoke out forcefully, and the Security Council condemned acts
of international terrorism as threats to international peace and
security. The United States is grateful for this solidarity. We must
make common cause against terror, and we have made common cause
against terror.
A great coalition of states has taken action against the Taliban, al
Qaeda and their supporters. In President Bush's words, justice is
being served, and the high purposes of the UN Charter are being
fulfilled. The coalition against terror continues to pursue those
responsible while providing vital support to help Afghans rebuild
their country.
Neither job is finished; great challenges still loom ahead. But only a
united world can defeat terror, and in solidarity with the victims of
September 11, 2001, whatever their nationality, we renew our
commitment to prevail.
Thank you, one and all, 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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