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07 July 2005

Organization of American States Denounces London Attacks

OAS leader joins President Bush in condemning terrorism

José Miguel Insulza, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States (OAS), has joined President Bush in condemning the July 7 deadly attacks against London's transportation system, in which scores of people were killed and wounded.

In a July 7 statement, Insulza called on democratic countries around the world to renew their resolve "to combat terrorism in all its manifestations,” adding: “There can never be any justification whatsoever for such a heinous crime."

Insulza said that since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States, the OAS member states have steadily increased their cooperation to combat terrorism through the Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism.

In his own July 7 statement, President Bush said the terrorists who committed the attacks in London would be found and brought to justice. (See related article.)

At the same time, “we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm” the terrorists’ “ideology of hate,” the president added.  Bush issued the statement from Auchterarder, Scotland, where he is attending the annual Group of Eight Summit.

On the morning of July 7, four blasts in London killed at least 37 and injured more than 700 people, according to figures released by Scotland Yard, the British agency coordinating the investigation.  British officials confirmed three blasts on the London subway and an explosion that tore open a double-decker bus at Russell Square in central London. 

For additional information on the London bombings, see Response to Terrorism.

Following is the text of Insulza's statement:

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ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
Washington, D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2005

OAS SECRETARY GENERAL CONDEMNS ATTACKS IN LONDON

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today condemned the deadly attacks on London's transportation system and expressed the solidarity of the OAS and its member states with the government and people of the United Kingdom.

"Once again the world is witnessing a repugnant, premeditated attack on civilians in a free and democratic society," said Insulza, who is on an official visit to Haiti.  "As we join the British people in mourning, all democratic countries must also renew our resolve to combat terrorism in all its manifestations.  There can never be any justification whatsoever for such a heinous crime."

Insulza noted that since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the OAS member states have steadily increased hemispheric cooperation to combat this scourge, through the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (known by its Spanish acronym, CICTE).

The Secretary General also noted the close ties between many countries of the Americas and the United Kingdom, which has been an OAS permanent observer since 1995.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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