Paris, September 20, 2011
President Sarkozy was deeply shocked to learn of the bomb attack that has just claimed the life of Burhanuddin Rabbani, former President of Afghanistan and Chairman of the High Peace Council, and seriously wounded Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, the official responsible for Afghan reconciliation and reintegration.
The Head of State utterly condemns this cowardly and intolerable terrorist act.
The terrorists killed a man of peace who was working resolutely for reconciliation among Afghans.
On behalf of France, President Sarkozy offers his heartfelt condolences to former President Rabbani’s family, President Karzai and the Afghan people. In the face of this heinous crime, he assures them of France’s solidarity.
In this ordeal, France reiterates her determination to stand alongside Afghans in tirelessly combating the scourge of terrorism and to support the cause of peace and reconciliation with equal perseverance./.