Commission President Romano Prodi
Statement on Military Actions in Afghanistan
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
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
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.