Chirac urges 'no negotiation'after terror tape truce offer

15th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

ALGIERS, April 15 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday ruled out any negotiations "with terrorists", in response to an offer of a truce in a tape purporting to come from Osama bin Laden.

ALGIERS, April 15 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday ruled out any negotiations "with terrorists", in response to an offer of a truce in a tape purporting to come from Osama bin Laden.

"There is no negotiation possible with terrorists," Chirac said in Algiers, where he was on a brief visit to see Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

"Terrorism is a barbarous act which attacks innocent people, (and) which cannot be justified by any reason or any cause," he told a media conference.

In an audio recording, broadcast earlier Thursday by the Arabic television network Al-Arabiya, a man claiming to be Al-Qaeda leader bin Laden offered peace to European states who pull their troops out of Muslim countries.

France, which opposed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, has no forces helping the US-led occupation there.

Islamic extremists have, however, targeted its interests elsewhere, notably in May 2002 when 11 French naval engineers were killed by a bomb in the Pakistani city of Karachi, and in October that same year when a French oil tanker in a Yemeni port was holed in a bomb attack.

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