May 2002 News

It’s ‘barbaric terrorism’: Rocca 

14 May 2002
The Nation

NEW DELHI : The ‘barbaric’ attack on a bus and army post in Indian held Kashmir was an example of the terrorism the US led global coalition is fighting to root out, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca said Tuesday. ‘On behalf of my government, I would like to unequivocally condemn the attack in Jammu,’ Rocca said. ‘It is precisely this type of barbaric terrorism that the international war on terrorism is determined to stop,’ she said. The attack came just hours after Christina Rocca arrived in New Delhi to urge the Indian leadership to calm tensions with Pakistan. But both countries, particularly Pakistan, have been vital allies in the US campaign to root out al-Qaeda network from Afghanistan. ANNAN CONDEMNS ATTACK: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday condemned an attack in Held Kashmir. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Annan condemned the attack ‘in the strongest possible terms, as an act of terrorism.’ In the statement, Annan said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the killings, in particular of women and children. ‘The secretary general extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government of India,’ the statement said.Annan ‘calls on all concerned to exercise the utmost restraint and to resolve their differences through peaceful means,’ it added. GERMANY CONDEMNS: German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer condemned Tuesday’s attack in Kashmir. ‘The federal government is disgusted and horrified. It forcefully condemns the terrorist attack on a bus in Kashmir in which, today, more than 30 people died,’ Fischer said in a statement. ‘Nothing can justify the use of terrorism against the civilian population. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims,’ he said.


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