H.E. Mr. Fernando De La Rua
of the United Nations General Assembly
10 November 2001 New York
"This distinction also comes at a moment when the full relevance of the United Nations has become dramatically current, as a result of the criminal attacks against the United States of September 11th. I thus wish to renew our solidarity and commitment with its government and people; it was an attack against us all, against all humankind."
"Global counterterrorism action is an imperative for the international community, enshrined by the United Nations."
"Deliberate and indiscriminate attacks against civilian population, which in times of war are considered crimes by international law, can only be deemed extremely serious crimes in times of peace."
"It is particularly important to note that in the latest conventions furthered by the United Nations it is categorically established that under no circumstances those crimes might be considered political crimes, so that there are no doubts about the obligation to investigate the facts and punish the offenders."