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Tuesday, August 19, 2003


Gov. Dean's Statement on the Bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq

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From the campaign...

August 19, 2003


BURLINGTON--Governor Howard Dean, M.D., issued this statement following today's bombing of the UN Headquarters in Iraq:

"Today's bombing of the United Nations Headquarters in Iraq is a terrible tragedy.

"I am saddened by this loss of life and my deepest sympathies go out to those who have been injured and to the family of the US soldier and the families of the other victims killed in the blast.

"I am also saddened to learn that the bombing killed Sergio Vieira de Mello, the top U.N. envoy to Iraq. Vieira de Mello's work in Rwanda, Cambodia, and the former Yugoslavia and Kosovo would have proved invaluable in the rebuilding of post-war Iraq.

"I also share the anger and outrage of Americans and people of all nations against those who would carry out such acts. They must be brought to justice.

"Today's bombing appears to be an effort to dissuade other members of the international community from assisting in the reconstruction of Iraq. We cannot allow terrorists to thwart efforts to internationalize the rebuilding process and the U.S. must redouble its efforts to recruit other countries to participate."

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