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     10.07.2002


Alexander Yakovenko, the Official Spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Answers a Question from Interfax News Agency About the Act of Terrorism in Algeria

    1414-09-07-2002

     Question: Please comment on reports about the terrorist act in Algeria.

    Answer: How can one regard an action directed against innocent people and which leaves dozens of killed and wounded? Actions of this kind bear an avowedly terrorist character and people in Russia condemn them unequivocally.

    The organizers of this crime timed it to coincide with a significant date in the history of the friendly Algerian people - the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria (DPRA). A new challenge has been thrown down to the Algerians. The calculation is simple - to prevent the implementation of the policy of national reconciliation that has been conducted in Algeria over the recent years.

    Moscow expresses heartfelt sympathy over the grief that has befallen Algeria and at the same time the confidence that the DPRA leadership will continue to pursue consistently the course toward achieving civil harmony, which enjoys ever greater support in the country.

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