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G8 condemns perpetrators of terror

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 15:11 IST
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Leaders of the world's eight wealthiest nations have categorically denounced terrorist attacks worldwide and strongly condemned the perpetrators of these atrocities.

Without mentioning the recent blasts in Mumbai's commuter trains that killed 200 people, the leaders of Russia, the US, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan have expressed "deepest sympathy" to all victims of these attacks.

"We, the leaders of the G-8, meeting in St Petersburg, categorically denounce terrorist attacks worldwide and condemn in the strongest terms those who perpetrate these atrocities and bring untold suffering and death to citizens," the G-8 counter-terrorism statement said.

"If terrorism and violent extremism are permitted to exist anywhere, they diminish our societies everywhere. Today we pledge that we will not rest until the terrible blight of terrorism has been removed from our daily lives."

Noting that the global terrorist threat requires a global response, the G-8 sought coordinated action by its members and its international partners to reduce the likelihood of attacks and to address their terrible consequences.

Recognising the centrality of the UN's role in achieving universal agreement on the condemnation of terrorism, the G-8 emphasised the urgency of enhancing cooperation to counter terrorist and other criminal attacks on critical energy infrastructure facilities.

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