Democracy itself and the values of freedom and tolerance were the real target of these attacks on humanity.
On behalf of the OECD secretariat, I wish to express our solidarity with the United States and American people in condemning these barbaric acts and extend our sincere sympathy to those who have relatives or loved ones among the victims.
Donald Johnston, Secretary-General, OECD
“There should be no illusion that it was only the Americans that faced this attack. Democracy itself and the values of freedom and tolerance were the real target.” Belgium’s prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt, in his capacity as president of the European Council, on announcing that Friday 14 September would be considered a day of mourning by the European Union.
“The vicious acts that have been perpetrated against your country have cut us all to the core, for they are an attack on humanity itself.” So wrote the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, in a letter to US president, George W. Bush. “The United Nations expresses its solidarity with the American government and people in this hour of trial.” To the Mayor of New York City, Rudolf Giuliani, Mr Annan wrote that the UN was grieving with other New Yorkers at the “gaping wound that has been inflicted on this wonderful city – the city that has been such a good and welcoming host to us.”
“I wish to express our shock and deep sorrow at the tragic events that occurred in the United States yesterday, to express our sympathy with the United States of America, and to extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families.”
Horst Köhler, Managing Director, IMF
“We express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the American people, and the United States authorities, and extend our heart felt condolences to the families of all who were killed or injured in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.
James D. Wolfensohn, President, World Bank