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Remarks After Interview on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
March 14, 2004

(12:15 p.m. EST)

QUESTION: First of all, what's your reaction to arrests in Spain in the al-Qaida, what's your reaction to arrests in Spain, and either al-Qaida or ETA claims to be the bombing?

SECRETARY POWELL : Well, I've followed closely what's been happening in Spain. We still don't know who is responsible for this terrible tragedy.

Our hearts go out to the Spanish people, again, and we rededicate ourselves to fighting terrorism wherever it occurs -- in Spain, in Saudi Arabia, in Indonesia -- no matter where in the world. And I hope everybody now understands that terrorism is a threat to all civilized nations. We all have to work together.

I'm confident that the Spanish authorities will determine who is responsible for this. They have a great deal of experience in such matters and I don't know whether it was ETA, Al-Qaida or some other organization, but I'm sure the Spaniards will get to the bottom of it.

Thank you.

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