Chirac 'horror' at Istanbul attacks

21st November 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 21 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Friday deplored the deadly suicide bombings in Istanbul, pledging that Paris and the European Union would continue the fight to stamp out global terrorism.

PARIS, Nov 21 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Friday deplored the deadly suicide bombings in Istanbul, pledging that Paris and the European Union would continue the fight to stamp out global terrorism.

Addressing reporters at a joint press conference with visiting Romanian President Ion Iliescu, Chirac expressed his "horror inspired by the savage attacks" and lamented the carnage inflicted "on a totally innocent population".

"These are methods and conduct that are indescribable," the French leader said.

Following Thursday's bombings of British targets in Istanbul, which killed 27 people and injured another 450, Chirac sent letters of condolences to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Necdet Sezer and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

For his part, Iliescu expressed Romania's solidarity with Turkey and indignation in the wake of the bombings, noting the close ties between Ankara and Bucharest.

The Romanian president said he and Chirac shared a similar view on several current crises, urging a "political solution to the most acute problems in the contemporary world -- in Afghanistan, in Iraq and in the Middle East."

When asked about Turkey's bid to join the European Union, Iliescu replied:
"We have a sympathetic view of Turkey's prospects for integration, as it's an important country at a very important fragile spot for international stability.

"We are friends of the Turks," concluded the Romanian president, whose country is hoping to join the bloc by 2007.

© AFP

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