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In quotes: Global outcry at Madrid blasts
An international wave of condemnation has followed the rush-hour bombing of Spanish trains which left scores dead and hundreds more injured.

Terrorism is an absolute evil and before it there can only be one response: absolute determination, without doubts or hesitation.

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Manuel Durao Barroso

Once again we see senseless killing of innocent people. Killing of innocent people cannot be justified regardless of the cause. I offer my deepest sympathy. I hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice swiftly.

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

We stand strongly with the people of Spain. I appreciate so very much the Spanish government's fight against terror, their resolute stand against terrorist organisations like Eta. And the United States stands with them. And today we ask God's blessings on those who suffer in the great country of Spain.

US President George W Bush

The attacks provide further proof of the multiple and diverse sources of terrorism as a global menace, which may strike anywhere and at any time, and the need for all nations to cooperate to defeat it.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda

Once more, this incident marks the ferocity and randomness by which terrorism strikes. We must and shall never let our guard down especially at a time when democracy is undergoing tests in various places of the world.

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo

We're absolutely appalled and obviously our hearts go out to the people of Spain at this dreadful time.

It does remind us though that the risk of terrorism is really still there and there's a long way to go in the war against terrorism and we just can't afford to be complacent, any of us.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer

I'm here to express our deep grief at this bloody, ferocious and senseless attack.

There is no justification whatsoever behind which the authors of this bestial crime can hide.

This is violence without object, without sense against which the entire international community has to mobilise itself. All the peoples of Europe are now close to Spain.

European Commission President Romano Prodi

It is an outrageous, unjustified and unjustifiable attack on the Spanish people and Spanish democracy.

There is a general election due in Spain on Sunday. What happened today is a declaration of war on democracy. Let Sunday show that Spanish democracy is determined to overcome terrorism.

European Parliament President Pat Cox

The timing of the bombings was clearly designed to wreak the greatest level of havoc... and cannot be justified by any political cause.

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, whose country holds the EU presidency

These irresponsible acts, which can have no justification, are from every standpoint to be condemned.

French President Jacques Chirac

This terrible attack underlines the threat that we all continue to face from terrorism in many countries and why we must all work together internationally to safeguard our peoples against such attacks and defeat terrorism.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair

These abominable terror acts that claimed so many lives fill us with deep sadness and outrage.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer

Today we stand together with all people of Europe in sorrow, but also with resolve to stop these crimes against humanity. There is no cause that can justify terrorism.

US Ambassador to the EU Rockwell Schnabel, on behalf of President Bush

This senseless, barbaric action has again shown that the world community must even more resolutely combat terrorism.

Today, as never before, the entire civilised world must unite in the fight against this evil.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Holy Father [Pope John Paul II] reiterates his firm and absolute disapproval of such actions that offend God, violate the fundamental right to life and undermine peaceful co-existence.

The Vatican

Terrorism is the third world war and the nations of the free world should unite against it. What happened in Madrid proves it once again.

Raanan Gissin, spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

We strongly condemn these attacks targeting innocent civilians in Madrid.

Palestinian minister Saeb Erekat

Terrorists must know that with attacks such as the monstrous and unconscionable bombings in Madrid today they will not succeed in destroying the edifice of international law and human rights the international community has been building for so many years.

Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan

On behalf of the alliance, I condemn in the strongest possible terms this mindless act of cruelty and barbarism.

Nato Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

We felt profound pain on learning of the criminal acts carried out at train stations in Madrid.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
"Terrorism is completely indiscriminate in its victims"


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