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President condemns Beslan terror

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič condemned the three-day siege of a school in Beslan by Chechen gunmen, SITA news agency reported.

In a telegram sent to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, he expressed sympathy for the victims of the terror.

"It is unbelievable how far anger, hatred, brutality, and religious fanaticism can go," the president wrote.

Gašparovič said that the Beslan episode confirmed that terrorism is global and without borders.

"We all share the pain and grief of the parents and relatives of the victims in Beslan," the letter states.

Gašparovič admitted that it would be necessary to consider a more efficient defence against such barbarism in the future.

Slovakia remains a firm part of the anti-terrorist coalition and is ready to collaborate with other nations to eliminate terrorism.

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