of State Mario Baccini
Interview with Giusy Franzese in Il Mattino
September 12, 2001
Hes in his office at the Farnesina when he is told to turn on the television.
The perturbing images of the two airplanes crashing into the World Trade Towers
in Manhattan, which later caused the buildings to collapse with thousands of
people still trapped inside, are now running on all television channels. Undersecretary
of State Mario Baccini is almost at a loss to describe the horror of the images.
"This is a very serious incident. A tragedy that involves the American
people and all men and women who believe in the values of civilized coexistence
and peace in the world."
Q. Italy is traditionally a country close to the USA. Do you believe there is
a danger of such serious attacks here as well?
A. "Italy has always carried out international negotiations in favor of
peace, never against someone or something."
Q. For a couple of months now some American reports warned of the dangers of
devastating terrorist attacks. How do you explain the underestimation of the
danger that made it possible to attack the Pentagon?
A. " I believe it was impossible for anyone to have foreseen these attacks
by civilian aircraft."
Q. What will the consequences now be on the Middle East peace process?
A. "Obviously, the actions of those working to achieve peace will now be
brought into question."
Q. Peace, therefore, is slipping further away?
A. "I hope not. I am still confident that a peaceful course can be pursued."
Q. Are the Italian Embassies in the United States secure?
A. "For now we have activated the crisis Unit. We will have to wait and
see what else is required."