US, Britain and France condemn J&K massacre
25 March 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
New Delhi: France on Tuesday joined the United States, Britain, Germany and other countries in strongly condemning the killing of 24 Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir, saying nothing can justify such acts.'Nothing can justify such acts. France reaffirms its determination to fight against terrorism, its networks and support,' French foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement which was circulated here.'France condemns the attack which took place in Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in numerous civilian casualties and conveys its condolences to the families of the victims,' he said.Describing the terror attack as 'horrible', US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a telephonic conversation with External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha had assured that he would speak to Pakistan again about cross-border terrorism.British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw also telephoned Sinha and expressed shock at the appalling murder and attacks on innocent civilians.He said, 'These killings, as with earlier terrorist attacks, underline the need for continued action to eliminate the scourge of terrorism'.