7.10.2005

G8, World Leaders "United in Resolve" to Confront, Defeat Terrorism

Leaders decry London bombing, say violence will not stop work of G8 summit

The leaders of the major industrial nations, gathered at their annual summit, are “united in their resolve” to defeat terrorism and will not let the July 7 bombings in London stop their work, according to a joint statement issued by the leaders in Gleneagles, Scotland.

“We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values. Nor will we allow it to stop the work of this Summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interests of a better world,” the leaders said in a joint statement read by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks,” the statement said.

On the morning of July 7, four blasts in London killed at least 37 and injured more than 700 people, according to figures released by Scotland Yard, the British agency coordinating the investigation. British officials confirmed three blasts on the London subway and an explosion that tore open a double-decker bus at Russell Square in central London. As of 4:30 p.m. local time, the London Metropolitan Police had opened a Casualty Bureau to coordinate release of information on victims and potential victims.

At 8:49 a.m. local time, an incident was reported to the British Transport Police on the subway line between Liverpool Street and Aldgate station. At 8:56 a.m., there was another incident on the subway at King’s Cross and Russell Square in North London. At 9:17 there was an explosion on a train coming into Edgware Road subway station. At 9:47 a.m. there was an explosion on a bus in Tavistock Square.

On July 7, President Bush also issued a statement condemning the bombings in London. (See related article.)

For additional information on the London bombings, see Response to Terrorism.

Following is the text of the statement, read by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, at Gleneagles.

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G8
Gleneagles
2005

TERRORIST ATTACKS ON LONDON
[Gleneagles, Scotland]

Statement issued by the G8, the Leaders of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa and the Heads of the International Organisations represented here.

1. We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families. All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but on all nations and on civilised people everywhere.

2. We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values. Nor will we allow it to stop the work of this Summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interests of a better world. Here at this Summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life. The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life.

3. The terrorists will not succeed.

4. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us. We shall prevail. They shall not.

7 July 2005

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Source: International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State

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