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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 110th CONGRESS, 2nd SESSION

Vol. 153 Washington, Wednesday, July 30, 2008 No. 66

House of Representatives


CONDEMNING JULY 27, 2008 BOMBINGS IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY



HON. ALCEE L. HASTINGS

OF FLORIDA

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Madam Speaker, as Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the former President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombings that shook the Gungoren neighborhood of Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday.

This was the deadliest attack to take place in Istanbul in five years, which killed 17 men, women and children and wounded more than one hundred others. I express my most sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones and to the individuals injured in this terrorist attack.

Madam Speaker, I stand with the Turkish government and the people of Turkey in condemning these cowardly acts and hope to see those responsible brought to justice very soon.

The United States and Turkey have shared a historic partnership for the past fifty-plus years and it is during these difficult times that we must stand together.

Madam Speaker, the United States remains committed to working with Turkey in fighting terrorism in Turkey, in the United States, and around the world. I urge my colleagues to stand with me in condemning these heinous attacks.





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