Minister of Foreign Affairs Vartan Oskanian
Statement on the US Terrorist Attacks
September 12, 2001
It is with deep shock and grief that we express our condolences to the people
and the government of the United States of America. Yesterday, President Kocharian
relayed his and the Armenian people¹s sympathies to President Bush.
The United States and the American people have been good friends of Armenia
and Armenians and we are grieved that a tragedy of such horrendous proportions
has befallen them.
Of course, the implications of the tragedy do not stop with the United States.
They impact the entire world community. We consider this an attack not only
against the US but against all peace-loving, democratic peoples everywhere.
We are all shaken by the arrogance and brazenness which has led to so much destruction.
Nothing nothing justifies such wanton disregard for human life.
We strongly condemn this act of terror. However, we are convinced that the scope
and scale of this horrific act can serve to create solidarity among civilized
nations against all violent expression of political and social aspirations.
Acts of terror, for any purpose, of any kind, sacrifice the cause they purport
We are convinced that New York, the city which welcomed the huddled masses,
shall soon find itself breathing free from fear. We are also sure the United
States of America and its capital will recover, overcome and continue to be
at the forefront of global leadership.