Statement by A. Zakayev with regard to the terrorist acts in London
Chechenpress, Department of Official Information, 07.07.05
On behalf of the Government of the Chechen Republic I express my sincere sympathy and condolences to all Londoners who suffered from the terrorist attacks today. We believe that any form of violence against the civilian population deserves contempt and decisive condemnation.
Only infamous purposes can be pursued by terrorist acts. More than everyone else, the Chechens understand the Londoners, since they have themselves been terrorized by Russia for more than 10 years. The majority of our towns and villages have been eradicated from the face of the earth, and the number of killed citizens exceeds 200,000.
We do not have any doubts that the terrorists who attacked London and the terrorist government machinery of Russia are in connection with each other, coordinate their actions and pursue shared objectives.
As a man living in London with my family, I, too, express my sympathy and condolences to the Londoners on behalf of all Chechens who found refuge in the United Kingdom.
Ahmed Zakayev, Chechen Government Minister
Special Envoy of the President of the ChRI. London, 07.07.05.