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World leaders will not submit to Laden's blackmail: US

April 16, 2004 09:48 IST

Rejecting Osama bin Laden'soffer of truce with European countries, the United States has said the world leaders, including Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, would not submit to this kind of blackmail.

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"Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi, the Japanese government and many other governments have stated clearly that they will not submit to this kind of blackmail," StateDepartment spokesman Richard Boucher said on Thursday.

Such offers, Boucher said, only "increase ourdetermination to succeed in the fight against terror."

He said Al Qaeda "has been associated with attacks in any number of countries. It has attacked Muslims, Christians,
Jews, Hindus, just about everybody, every religion -- people in countries that were part of the coalition, not part of the
coalition, people in Arab countries and members ofgovernment.

"The indiscriminate nature of the murder and terror conducted by Al Qaeda and its associates gives the lie to any claims of political purpose. It is never time to submit toblackmail."

To a question on the US military's orders of"capture or kill" Iraq's Shiite radical leader, Muqtada al-Sadr,Boucher said: "I suppose one can surrender voluntarily and if you don't, you run the risk of being killed."

He said: "Our vision continues to be that he [Sadr] isunder charges from the Iraqi justice system and that he needs to face those charges."

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