Kosovo: head of UN mission, Transitional Council voice outrage at attacks on US

12 September 2001

The top United Nations official in Kosovo and the Kosovo Transitional Council today expressed outrage over the terrorist acts against the United States, while a rally of solidarity with the victims was held in the streets of Pristina.

"I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims," said Hans Haekkerup, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). He added that the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., were not only aimed at the United States "but also at the fundamental values upon which the US and the UN are built: peace, democracy and human rights."

Meanwhile speakers in the Kosovo Transitional Council, representing political parties, civil society and ethnic and religious organizations, voiced their shock at the attacks and expressed support for the victims.

Many Council members called today a day of mourning for all of Kosovo, and all endorsed the holding of a silent rally of solidarity in Pristina, which took place in front of the city's National Theatre.


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