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World leaders condemn Delhi blasts

US, UK and Pak were among a host of nations, which condemned Saturday's deadly bomb blasts in New Delhi, terming it "barbaric" and a "criminal act of terrorism."

india Updated: Oct 30, 2005 16:54 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

United States, Britain and Pakistan were among a host of nations, which condemned Saturday's deadly bomb blasts in New Delhi, terming it "barbaric" and a "criminal act of terrorism."

"We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms. It is a cowardly act of violence and we hope that the perpetrators are swiftly identified and brought to justice", a senior State Department official said in Washington.

While British Prime Minister Tony Blair sent a letter of condolence to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the attacks were "yet another example of terrorists' cynical and callous disregard for human life.

Condemning the blasts in "strongest possible terms, the European Union said "nothing will justify terrorism, which is an aggression against universal values that we share without distinction of language, culture or religion."

EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana in a statement said "the perpetrators of these heinous crimes must and will be brought to justice."

Pakistan termed the serial blasts as "a criminal act of terrorism".

Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said the blasts were "a most unfortunate, cowardly and heinous act, no human being or nation can tolerate it."

Maldives condemned the attacks and expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

"We have strongly condemned the bombings and sent our sympathies to the families affected by this," Foreign Minister Ahmed Shaheed said.

South African president Thabo Mbeki in a message to President APJ Abdul Kalam expressed condolences on behalf of his government and the people.

"The South African government joins the international community in condemning these heinous acts of terrorism, particularly in a country that espouses the principles of democracy and freedom of its people," he said.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he was "appalled" and "shocked" at the "terrorist outrage" on the eve of major Hindu festival of Diwali.

"The Secretary General is appalled by and condemns the series of terrorist bombings which have resulted in many deaths in the Indian capital," a statement released by Annan's office said.

Annan sent his "deepest condolence" to the families of the victims and urged the Indian government to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has also condemned the series of blasts in New Delhi.

"This was a cowardly act of violence clearly aimed at innocent civilians, and it is beyond deplorable," Martin said in a statement.

"Canada strongly condemns this act, and indeed all such terrorist attacks, which have killed and injured countless men, women and children," he added.

"On behalf of all Canadians, I want to extend our nation's deepest sympathies to the victims of today's attacks in New Delhi and their families."

He noted that, for the moment, there were no reports of any Canadian casualties in the attacks.

First Published: Oct 30, 2005 04:04 IST