World leaders strongly condemn attacks
Tuesday, September 11, 2001
World leaders are reacting strongly to Tuesday's
attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Pope John Paul II called the attacks an
"unspeakable horror" which has thrust the U.S.
into a "dark and tragic moment."
"I hurry to express to you and your fellow
citizens my profound sorrow and my closeness in prayer
for the nation at this dark and tragic moment," says
British Prime Minister Tony Blair also expressed
horror and has sent condolences to U.S. President George
"There have been the most terrible, shocking
events taking place in the United States of America
within the last couple of hours," Blair says.
"We can only imagine the terror and carnage there
and the many, many innocent people who have lost their
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says his
government has declared a day of mourning.
"Our hearts are with you and we are ready to
provide any assistance at any time," Sharon told
French President Jacques Chirac expressed outrage, and
assured the United States of France's support and
"France is deeply upset to learn of the monstrous
attacks that have just struck the United States,"
"In these terrible circumstances, all French
people stand by the American people. We express our
friendship and solidarity in this tragedy."
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan calls the
crashes "deliberate acts of terrorism, carefully
planned and coordinated."
"There can be no doubt that these attacks are
deliberate acts of terrorism, carefully planned and
coordinated and as such I condemn them utterly. Terrorism
must be fought resolutely wherever it appears."
Chinese President Jiang Zemin has sent a message to
Bush, and has expressed condolences to the family members
of the victims of the attacks. He also expressed
"grave concern" for the safety of Chinese in
the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed deep
sympathy to the American people, calling the incidents a
"terrorist act, this terrible tragedy."
Palestinian President Yasser Arafat also sent his
condolences to Bush.
"We completely condemn this serious operation ...
we were completely shocked. It's unbelievable,
unbelievable, unbelievable," says Arafat.
Israeli Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told
Israel's Army Radio it was "simply a
"I sympathize with the American people," he
said. "It's simply a terrible thing."
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said: "the
German people stands by the United States of America at
this difficult hour."
"I want to express to you my deep condolences and
my unlimited solidarity to you and the American people.
Our sympathy goes to the victims and their
Europe's largest stock exchange has been
evacuated. The Exchange Tower of the London Stock
Exchange has been cleared as a precautionary measure, but
trading will continue until the close of business.
United Kingdom stocks have suffered their biggest
one-day drop since October 1987, when Black Monday
occurred. The FTSE 100 in London lost 67-billion pounds
or $98-billion US on Tuesday.
Also in London, buildings in Canary Wharf, the new
financial district in the east part of the city, have
NASA has shut down Kennedy Space Center in Florida,
although the agency says it has had "no indications
of an imminent threat."
Major office buildings in downtown Los Angeles,
including the Citibank Tower, the Arco Tower and the Bank
of America building, were ordered evacuated Tuesday.
Disneyland in Anaheim has been closed, as well as
Disneyworld in Orlando.
Many foreign embassies in Washington D.C. have closed,
and have been told to send all personnel home.
The U.S. Secret Service told the Mexican embassy,
three blocks from the White House, to send everyone
The Canadian embassy, on Pennsylvania Avenue, is open
for business, but under a state of heightened
"We are open for the moment. Everyone is alert
and busy. We are continuing to function at a higher level
of security," a spokesman for the Canadian embassy