President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Statement on U.S. Operations Against Strategic Targets in Afghanistan
October 7, 2001
I have learned early this afternoon of the military operations against targets
This is a grave moment that was nonetheless expected in view of the brutality
of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Secretary of State Colin Powell phoned me today on behalf of President George
W. Bush to let me know that these operations are aimed exclusively at military
targets and that they will endeavor to spare the civilian population. The Secretary
of State conveyed President Bushs appreciation for Brazils support
of, and solidarity with the United States in the fight against terrorism.
I wish to reiterate that this is a fight of the entire international community
and no hesitation or compromise should be condoned.
The Brazilian peoples peaceful inclination and repudiation of terrorism
are constitutional tenets that govern our countrys foreign policy.
Our position is clear. By repudiating terrorism in any form, regardless of its
perpetrators, we are siding with reason and wisdom. This conflict is not being
engaged against a people, a State or a religion. The objective is solely to
contain and eliminate the scourge of terrorism.
I hopeand I am sure that this hope is shared by allthat the operations
launched today will entail no tragic consequences, and that they will seek to
prevent the loss of innocent lives and preserve the civilian population.