In wake of Mumbai attacks, Ban reaffirms role of UN in countering
The Secretary-General spoke this
morning with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India over the telephone.
He once again expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the
victims and the wounded in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last week.
They agreed that it was critical to bring the perpetrators to justice,
and that all should fully cooperate in this effort.
While commending the courage and resilience shown by the Government and
people of India, the Secretary-General reaffirmed his condemnation of
terrorism and his determination to provide a lead role for the United
Nations in dealing with this global menace.
White House statement on Mumbai terrorist attacks
President Bush offers his condolences
to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed
and injured in the attacks in Mumbai, India. The United States condemns
this terrorist attack and we will continue to stand with the people of
India in this time of tragedy.
This afternoon, the White House
National Security Council convened officials from counterterrorism and
intelligence agencies as well as the State and Defense Departments. The
U.S. government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety
and security of our citizens, and stands ready to assist and support the
Indian government. President Bush has been updated
President-elect Obama's statement on Mumbai terrorist attacks
"Michelle and I send our deepest
condolences to the loved ones of the American citizens who lost their
lives in the outrageous terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Our thoughts and
prayers are with them, and with all who have been touched by this
"These terrorists who targeted innocent civilians will not defeat
India's great democracy, nor shake the will of a global coalition to
defeat them. The United States must stand with India and all nations and
people who are committed to destroying terrorist networks, and defeating
their hate-filled ideology.
"There is one president at a time. I will continue to closely monitor
the situation on the ground in Mumbai, and am grateful for the
cooperation of the Bush Administration in keeping me and my staff
updated. We fully support the Bush Administration's efforts to protect
American citizens and assist the government of India during this tragic
time," said President-elect Obama.
Indian Prime Minister's statement on Mumbai attack
NEW DELHI, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said
on Thursday that the attacks in Mumbai which killed more than 100 people
were probably plotted by a group based in a neighboring country.
"The dastardly terror attacks that took place in Mumbai
last night and today leading to the loss of many precious lives and
injuries to many others have deeply shocked the nation. "I strongly condemn these acts of senseless violence
against innocent people, including guests from foreign countries. "I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families
and sympathies to those injured. The Government will take all necessary
measures to look after the wellbeing of the affected families, including
medical treatment of injured.
"The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably
with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by
choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners.
"I salute the courage and patriotism of the police
officers, including the Chief of the Anti-Terror Squad, Shri (Mr.)
Hemant Karkare and men who have laid down their lives in fighting these
"I assure the country that we will attend in an urgent
and serious manner to police reform so that the law and order
authorities can work unitedly, effectively and in a determined manner to
tackle such threats to national integrity.
"We are not prepared to countenance a situation in which
the safety and security of our citizens can be violated with impunity by
"It is evident that the group which carried out these
attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded
determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country.
"We will take the strongest possible measures to ensure
that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts. We are determined to
take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the safety and security
of our citizens. "Instruments like the National Security Act will be
employed to deal with situations of this kind. Existing laws will be
tightened to ensure that there are no loopholes available to terrorists
to escape the clutches of the law.
"Most importantly, it is essential to immediately set up
a Federal Investigation Agency to go into terrorist crimes of this kind
and ensure that the guilty are brought to book.
"We will take up strongly with our neighbours that the
use of their territory for launching attacks on us will not be
tolerated, and that there would be a cost if suitable measures are not
taken by them. "We will take a number of measures to strengthen the
hands of our police and intelligence authorities. We will curb the flow
of funds to suspect organisations. We will restrict the entry of
suspects into the country.
"We will go after these individuals and organisations and
make sure that every perpetrator, organiser and supporter of terror,
whatever his affiliation or religion may be, pays a heavy price for
these cowardly and horrific acts against our people.
"In this hour of tragedy, I appeal to the people to
maintain peace and harmony so that the enemies of our country do not
succeed in their nefarious designs. All concerned authorities are on
alert and will deal sternly with any attempts to disturb public order.
"I am confident that the people of India will rise
unitedly to face this grave challenge to the nationís security and