Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Statement on the Terrorist Attacks
September 11, 2001
Today, the friendly and allied United States of America has been the victim
of a dastardly attack of international terrorism. We condemn in the strongest
manner these horrific attacks whose perpetrators are not yet known. We share
the indescribable pain of the brotherly American people and offer our most heartfelt
The Turkish people have been deeply affected by terrorism in recent history,
and our scars from the scourge of terrorism are still fresh. Therefore, Turkey
understands and genuinely shares the American peoples deep pain. No cause
or purpose can excuse such inhuman attacks.
These murderous attacks have once again demonstrated the need for combating
terrorism much more effectively at the international level and the need to intensify
regional and global cooperation to that end.
As a country who has been making intense efforts to render combat against terrorism
more effective and to reinforce cooperation in that respect, Turkey strongly
pleads the international community to take urgent steps in this combat which
has become a duty of civilization.
Turkey hopes the culprits of the todays attacks that targeted innocent
people and evoked feelings of hatred throughout humanity to be brought before
justice as soon as possible. Turkey expresses its readiness for cooperation
to that end and, reaffirming that it will provide all the support and assistance
for healing the wounds from this tragedy, wishes patience and strength to the
friendly and brotherly American people.