MR. RICARDO LAGOS ESCOBAR
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHILE IN THE GENERAL DEBATE
OF THE FIFTYSIXTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
TO THE UNITED NATIONS
New York,NY USA
10 November 2001
The terrorist attack on New York was therefore an attack on the unity of our nations. It was our values, our security, our faith in a better world based on dialogue and cooperation that were the targets of terrorist fanaticism.
And that is why we have been so close to the United States during this period: its pain is our pain; its grief is our grief; its response to terrorism is our response."
"We salute the Government of the United States and President Bush who, faced with an attack of this magnitude, has managed to contain passions and ito act in a reasoned manner, building a diplomatic coalition never before witnessed in the world."
"The holding of this General Assembly marks a sound defeat for the terrorist cause, which seeks to replace the value of dialogue by the cult of violence, and a renewal of our faith ir] this world forum."
"Let us ensure that this grand coalition would bring security, not only against terrorism, but also against hunger, vulnerability and discrimination. Let us update what we created fifty years ago."