World leaders have been giving their reaction to the fifth anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.
US PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH
We face a difficult road ahead. Winning this war will require the determined efforts of a unified country. So we must put aside our differences, and work together to meet the test that history has given us.
We face an enemy determined to bring death and suffering into our homes.
America did not ask for this war, and every American wishes it were over. So do I. But the war is not over, and it will not be over until either we or the extremists emerge victorious.
UK PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR
On this particular day, on the occasion of the anniversary of 11 September 2001, in which more British citizens lost their lives to terrorist attacks than at any other time in our history, I repeat and stress my condolences and sympathy to the families of all of those who lost loved ones.
EUROPEAN UNION STATEMENT
The European Union solemnly remembers the many victims, renews its sympathy to their families and friends, and reiterates its
condemnation of all forms of terrorism.
These horrific attacks clearly demonstrated that terrorism is a
threat to all states and to all peoples. No cause, no grievance, can justify acts of terrorism.
GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL
Our battle against Islamic terrorism will only succeed if we strengthen democratic and economic development in crisis regions and cultivate respect for human rights.
Even in the fight against terrorism, the end does not justify the means. Besides firmness and international unity, our motto in this fight should be respect for international law and respect and
tolerance for other cultures.
Many wounds have not healed... Our thoughts go out to all of
those personally affected on that day.
AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN HOWARD
Although the attack took place on American soil and was designed deliberately and calculatedly to do great damage to the people of the United States, it was an attack on values the entire world holds in common. Terrorism is the enemy of all people of goodwill.
[The defeat of terrorism] will involve the commitment of people of all faiths as well
as people of no faith at all, and very particularly it will involve
and require the commitment of people of the Islamic faith.
NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER HELEN CLARK
My concern was that intervention would make the world less safe from terrorism, rather than more safe. Iraq was not a haven for terrorists prior to the war there, it certainly is now.
AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI
I take this opportunity to express the deep appreciation of the
Afghan people to the people of the United States for the sacrifices of your sons and daughters in Afghanistan, and for your generous support to the rebuilding of our country.
JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER JUNICHIRO KOIZUMI
[Terrorism] continues to be as much of a threat as ever to mankind.
FRENCH PRESIDENT JACQUES CHIRAC
[I want to express] the friendship and solidarity of the French people with the American people. Together we are pursuing our determined struggle against this plague which nothing ever can justify.
UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN
The United Nations remembers with other New Yorkers the
gaping wound that was inflicted on this wonderful city - this
city that has been such a good and welcoming host to us for
five decades. And we remember all those who have fallen victim
to other acts of terrorism around the world. Terrorism is
unacceptable, no matter who commits it, no matter what the
MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI
I fear, in particular, that the recent excesses that have been committed during the attacks on Lebanon have added fuel which may increase the intensity of international terrorism and cause it to spread to countries and areas where there are now no terrorist activities.
FORMER UK PRIME MINISTER LADY THATCHER
This heinous attack upon America was an attack upon us all.
With America, Britain stands in the front line against Islamist
fanatics who hate our beliefs, our liberties and our citizens.