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14 May 2003

U.S. Condemns Terrorist Bombing in Chechnya

(White House extends condolences to families of victims) (150)

The United States has condemned the May 12 bombing in Znamenskoye,
Chechnya that killed more than 50 people, saying "No political,
national, or religious cause justifies the use of terrorism."

Following is the statement from the White House:

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

May 13, 2003

STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY

The United States Government condemns yesterday's terrorist act in
Znamenskoye, Chechnya, that has killed over 50 people. We extend our
condolences to the victims and their families.

We continue to urge a political settlement of the Chechnya conflict
that respects Russia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, stops
the violence, and ends human rights violations. We resolutely condemn
all terrorist acts and senseless violence against civilians in
Chechnya. No political, national, or religious cause justifies the use
of terrorism.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)