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OAS Secretary Condemns London Attacks

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today condemned the deadly attacks on London’s transportation system and expressed the solidarity of the OAS and its member states with the government and people of the United Kingdom.“Once again the world is witnessing a repugnant, premeditated attack on civilians in a free and democratic society,” said Insulza, who is on an official visit to Haiti.

“As we join the British people in mourning, all democratic countries must also renew our resolve to combat terrorism in all its manifestations. There can never be any justification whatsoever for such a heinous crime.”

Insulza noted that since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the OAS member states have steadily increased hemispheric cooperation to combat this scourge, through the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (known by its Spanish acronym, CICTE).

The Secretary General also noted the close ties between many countries of the Americas and the United Kingdom, which has been an OAS permanent observer since 1995.