European Union
Commission President Romano Prodi
Statement on Military Actions in Afghanistan
Brussels, Belgium
October 7, 2001

At this difficult, solemn and dramatic moment, all Europe stands steadfast with the United States and its coalition allies to pursue the fight against terrorism.

We are united, and will remain united, in this struggle against those who attack the very foundations of civilisation. Our fight is not against religions or peoples.

I have asked Chris Patten immediately to coordinate external actions for which the European Commission has responsibility.

Our assistance is already being mobilised to provide help to those who may be the innocent victims of this situation and to refugees escaping from the military action.

This is a moment for unity. The international community stands in solidarity in this struggle, resolved to build a future of peace and development for all peoples on Earth.