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CIS leaders condemn terrorist attacks in Paris

November 14, 2015, 10:43 UTC+3 ASTANA
Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan offer condolences to France after the series of terrorist attacks in Paris which killed at least 120 people
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ASTANA, November 14. /TASS/. Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev offered condolences to France’s President Francois Hollande following the terrorist attacks, Kazakhstan's presidential press service said on Saturday.

"Nowadays, the spread of terrorism is a common challenge for all the countries," the president said. "Kazakhstan condemns terrorism and extremism in all forms as threats to the international security."

The president took with deep grief the news about the terrorist attacks. On behalf of the people of Kazakhstan and on his own he offered condolences to families and close ones of the victims, and to the people of France.

Kazakhstan condemns the series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, the country’s foreign ministry said in a statement published on Saturday.

The foreign ministry offered "the deepest condolences to the French people, families and friends of the victims over the many deaths of innocent people" and wished "recovery to the injured."

"Kazakhstan expresses firm support for the efforts of the international community under the United Nations auspices in the fight against terrorism and extremism and is convinced that only through joint efforts of all humanity can we defeat this evil. One of the ways to achieve this goal could be the establishment of the global anti-terrorism network under the UN auspices."

Armenian foreign minister offers condolences to France over terrorist attacks in Paris

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edvard Nalbandyan offered condolences to France after the series of terrorist attacks in Paris.

"Armenia is with France," he said in a statement. "We condemn most strictly the anti-human terrorist attacks made in Paris."

The foreign minister offered "condolences and support to the people of France."

"Fighting terrorism is the fight of entire civilized world," he said.

Tajikistan’s president condemns terrorist attacks in Paris

Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rakhmon offered condolences to France’s President Francois Hollande after the terrorist attacks in Paris, Tajikistan’s presidential press service said on Saturday.

"Tajikistan condemns categorically this inhuman act of a group of criminals," the statement reads. "This tragedy should bring us together in fighting terrorism for the sake of future of our children and our peoples."

The president asked to forward on his behalf the worlds of "consolation to the relatives and close ones of the victims."

"We are mourning together with you."

Azerbaijan supports fighting all forms of terrorism

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev offered condolences to France’s President Francois Hollande after the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"We are deeply shocked by the news about the many victims and injured in the ruthless terrorist attacks in Paris," the president’s address reads. "We are indignant about this horrible deed, we condemn terrorism and support in all ways fighting its all forms."

"At this grave time, we are next to the people of France, to you."

On behalf of the Azerbaijani people, the president offered condolences to families and close ones of the victims, to the people of France and wished soonest recovery to the injured.

Kyrgyzstan supports efforts of international community in fighting terrorism

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev offered condolences to France’s President Francois Hollande following the terrorist attacks, Kyrgyzstan’s presidential press service said on Saturday.

"Kyrgyzstan condemns terrorism in its all forms and supports efforts of the international community in fighting that threat," the president’s statement reads.

The president asked to forward "words of support to families and close ones of the victims" and wishes "for soonest recovery to all the injured."

Paris terrorist attacks

A series of terrorist acts took place at six various venues in Paris Friday evening with the use of automatic weapons and explosive devices. Hostages were taken in the Bataclan concert hall where 1,500 people gathered for a rock concert. The president declared the state of emergency in the country and closed the state borders.

Five terrorists, according to preliminary data, took part in the terrorist acts in Paris, the French capital’s prosecutor Francois Molins said Saturday.

Meanwhile, Agence France Presse reported citing sources close to investigation that eight participants of the terrorist attacks were killed. Four attackers died in the Bataclan hall: three activated suicide belts, and one was liquidated by law enforcers. Three suicide bombers activated their belts near the Stade de France stadium. Another terrorist blew himself up near Bataclan, sources said.

Molins also said the death toll in the terrorist acts could exceed 120 people. He said there are confirmed data on the death of overall 38 people at various points in the city close to the Bataclan concert hall where the main tragedy occurred. "The figures are very serious, as, if we add that to the Bataclan death toll, there unfortunately is a probability that the final death toll will reach or even exceed 120."

The Elysee Palace said after an extraordinary ministerial conference led by President Francois Hollande that the French authorities have sent their 1,500-strong unit of servicemen to ensure security in Paris after the large-scale terrorist attack occurred in the French capital on Friday evening.

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