Subject: XG: President Xanana Gusmao condemns Madrid bombings

Also: Statement of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on Bomb Terror in Madrid, Spain

PRESIDÊNCIA DA REPÚBLICA GABINETE DO PRESIDENTE

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Names: Lusitânia Lopes & Elizabeth Exposto Mobile: +670 723 0160 Email: presidente-tl@easttimor.minihub.org

(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)

Friday, 12th March 2004

PRESIDENT XANANA GUSMÃO CONDEMNS MADRID BOMBINGS

In a letter today to His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain, H.E. President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão vehemently condemned yesterday’s tragic bombings in Madrid, which claimed the lives of 192 and injured over 1400 people.

President Xanana Gusmão strongly supports King Juan Carlos’ affirmation that these acts of terrorism will not achieve their aims nor manage to break the faith of freedom loving people in democracy.

The President further added in his letter that the State and People of Timor-Leste fully support the efforts made by the Government and People of Spain in re-establishing peace and a stable environment throughout the country.

President Gusmão extended his most profound condolences to King Juan Carlos I and the Spanish people, especially to the families of the victims, for the tragic loss of numerous innocent lives and expressed Timor-Leste’s continued solidarity and friendship with Spain.

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REPÚBLICA DEMOCÁTICA DE TIMOR-LESTE MINISTÉRIO DOS NEGÓCIOS ESTRANGEIROS E COOPERAÇÃO

Statement of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on Bomb Terror in Madrid, Spain

The Government and the People of Timor-Leste learned with sadness and outrage the terrorist attack in Madrid, Spain, which killed at least 192 peoples and wounding more than 1,200. The Government and the people of Timor-Leste express their profound sympathy and condolences to the relatives and close friends of the victims.

As friends, the Government and the people of Timor-Leste offer their solidarity and unconditional support to the Government and the people of Spain in their effort to eradicate extremist and terrorism. The world must not allow terrorism to prevail.

The Government and people of Timor-Leste will continue to cooperate with all the countries in the world to neutralize the extremist elements whose agenda is to destabilize, undermine democracy and freedom.


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