Statement by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell
on the bombing in Madrid
Secretary of State Powell: The United States
vehemently condemns the outrageous and appalling terrorist
attacks that took place in Madrid today. I offer deepest
condolences to the families of the victims and to the people
of Spain. In my telephone call with Foreign Minister Palacio
this morning, I extended our sympathies and complete support
to the Spanish government.
The United States stands resolutely with Spain in the fight
against terrorism in all its forms and against the particular
threat that Spain faces from the evil of ETA terrorism.
No political pretext can justify this premeditated murder
of the innocent. We will assist the Spanish government in
any way we can to find those responsible for these heinous
acts and bring them to certain justice.