- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

'United we prevail'
Spanish Ambassador Javier Ruperez yesterday warned against letting fear overcome the will to fight terrorism.
"A frightened people is a people possessed by terrorism and ruled by its dictates," he said. "We know better. We are better. We are right, and we are justified in the use of force. United we will fight. United we will prevail."
Mr. Ruperez delivered a stirring call for action at a remembrance service for victims of terrorism worldwide at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday.
"They are not freedom fighters. They are not fighting for anything noble or honorable or lofty or good. They are purely and simply terrorists," he said at the service organized by No Greater Love, a nonprofit group that began the annual event more than 20 years ago.
The ambassador denounced the "criminal barbarity" of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"We Spaniards know very well what we are talking about when it comes to terrorism," he said, noting that Spain has been fighting Basque terrorists for 30 years.
Basque separatists began their campaign when Spain was under the Franco dictatorship.
"We told ourselves that when democracy arrived, they would stop killing," he said. "But they kept on killing … because the Basque terrorists, like Islamic terrorists, or any other terrorists, want only to sow fear and terror in order to achieve in that way what the citizenry would otherwise deny them."
Mr. Ruperez said international cooperation is the "principal weapon" that can stop terrorists by cutting off their money and denying them refuge in any country.
"Today we know that victory will be ours because we knew from the beginning that the only fitting response to terrorism is to fight it, never to give in or strike agreements with the terrorists," he said. "They have not been and never will be able to defeat us."

Nazis and terrorists
The Spanish ambassador, in his speech at Arlington National Cemetery, also drew a comparison between terrorists and Nazis.
"Let no one be mistaken. Today Nazism wears the face of terrorism," Mr. Ruperez said.
The same connection was made in Lithuania yesterday, where the U.S. ambassador and the Lithuanian foreign minister signed an extradition agreement to help apprehend suspected Nazi war criminals.
Ambassador John Tefft stressed the importance of the agreement as a tool against terrorists because the pact provides for the extradition of persons accused of crimes that carry a prison sentence of more than a year.
Foreign Minister Antanas Valionis called the agreement "a new step in cooperation between Lithuania and the United States."
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, the U.S.-based Nazi-hunting group, has identified 97 suspected war criminals of Lithuanian origin.

Calling on North Korea
The United States wants North Korea to join the war against terrorism, even though Washington accuses the rogue nation of sponsoring terrorists.
Thomas C. Hubbard, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, said yesterday: "The North Koreans have been less than forthcoming in supporting the coalition against terrorism. They, like any other nation, have a stake in this struggle and should be trying to find ways to help out."
Mr. Hubbard, in remarks to South Korean reporters, did not specify what the Stalinist state should do.
North Korea is one of seven nations on a State Department list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

Ukrainian visit
Ukrainian Prime Minister Anatoly Kinakh will meet Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and other officials on a four-day Washington visit that begins Sunday.
Pascual Carlos, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told Ukrainian reporters that Mr. Kinakh wants to increase his country's economic ties with the United States, the largest investor in the former Soviet republic.
The prime minister will also hold talks with Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill and officials from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
U.S. investors have injected nearly $700 million into the Ukrainian economy. That amounts to about 17 percent of all foreign investment.

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