Kocharian Dispatches Condolence to Bush

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–President Robert Kocharian issued a letter Tuesday–addressed to President George Bush–expressing Armenia’s solidarity with the US–in the wake of the terrorist attacks–which destroyed the World Trade Center in New York and a portion of the Pentagon in Washington.

"I have learned with utter shock the news about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon building in Washington–which resulted in human losses and massive destruction. The evil of terrorism has shown its ugly face and should be confronted with determination and resolve. Armenia joins the world in condemning this most deplorable and inhuman act of violence. On behalf of the people of Armenia–I personally express our most heartfelt condolences to the people of America and to bereaved families. We share you grief and wish you strength and patience," Kocharian said in his letter to Bush.

The Armenian parliament interrupted its session late Tuesday as a token of solidarity with the terror-stricken United States.

The lawmakers offered their condolences to families of the victims of the catastrophic attacks in New York and Washington. Deputy speaker Tigran Torosian made a statement on their behalf–expressing support for US President George Bush and the American people.

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