Offers Condolences After Kashmir Massacre
Patten, European Commissioner for External Relations, has written
to the External Affairs Minister of India, Yashwant Sinha, to express
his horror at the assassination of 24 innocent villagers, including
many women and children, in South Kashmir this week.
said that this had been an appalling act of terrorist violence,
which the Commission condemned without reservation. He offered condolences
to the families and loved ones of the victims, as well as to the
Government of India. The Commissioner stressed that the European
Union and India stood side by side in their common fight against
terrorism, "and even more so after such an atrocity."
Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan also condemned the massacre
in the strongest terms, calling it a "cowardly act of terrorism."
The killing of 24 Kashmiri Hindus took place near the town of Shopian.
The Secretary-General has sent his heartfelt condolences to the
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