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EU condemns Chhattisgarh attack

Senior official Javier Solana said no political claims could justify such criminal acts, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 20:05 IST
Vijay Dutt

Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), was quick to strongly condemn the landmine attacks in Chhattisgarh, which killed and wounded defenceless civilians.

He said, "I wish to condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks that occurredin the Indian state of Chattisgarh. There can be no possible defence for the use of indiscriminate weapons such as landmines to kill and maim unarmed civilians. I extend my condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and to the Indian authorities, as well as to all those who have been injured."

Solana added that political claims "can never justify criminal, terrorist acts, which only hurt those they claim to serve". He also stressed that EU and India were united in their common commitment to democracy, pluralism and rule of law. "We shall continue to promote these for all our people through our Strategic Partnership."

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 20:05 IST