World leaders react to news of bin Laden's death

(CNN) -- World reaction poured in early Monday after President Barack Obama's announcement that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. The U.S. put its diplomatic facilities around the world on high alert and issued a global travel warning for Americans.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai
Karzai said he hopes the world believes that his country is "not the place of terrorism," hours after the United States announced that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in neighboring Pakistan.
"If the international troops are the true allies of Afghans, now they should come up to say that killing of the Afghans, women, children and elders was not a good idea in the last many years as it was happening on a daily basis," Karzai said on RTA TV.
Afghan opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah, Hope and Change leader
The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden proves that Pakistan is a "haven" for terror groups, according to Abdullah.
"Killing of Osama bin Laden is pleasant news for Afghans, and now it's proven that al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are not based in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a haven for them," said Abdullah Abdullah, the leader of the opposition Hope and Change party.
"I don't think that this is the end of the story and everything will not go back to peace in Afghanistan as al Qaeda has put their web much wider in Afghanistan and across the world."
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Gillard congratulated the U.S. on the operation, and said she acknowledges the role of Pakistan in the fight against terror.
"Our fight against terrorism does not end with bin Laden's death. We must remain vigilant against the threat posed by al Qaeda and the groups it has inspired," she said.
"We will continue our support for the counterterrorism efforts of the United States and our partners, and we will continue our efforts in Afghanistan to ensure that the country never again becomes a safe haven for terrorism."
British Prime Minister David Cameron
The leader said he welcome news of bin Laden's death, saying it means he will no longer pursue his war on terror.
"Osama bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen -- for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives," he said. "This is a time to remember all those murdered by Osama bin Laden, and all those who lost loved ones," he said. "It is also a time too to thank all those who work round the clock to keep us safe from terrorism."
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
Westerwelle described bin Laden as "one of the most brutal terrorists" in the world.
"He has the lives of thousands of innocent people on his conscience. That a stop could be put to this terrorist's bloody trade is good news for all free-living and free-thinking people in the world'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
"Israel joins in the joy of the American people on this historic day in which Osama bin Laden was killed. ... This is a resounding victory for justice, freedom and for the joint values of all the countries that fight side by side determinedly against terror."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Barak described it as "an important achievement for the United states in its fight against world terror."
"The U.S. proved determination and operational prowess in this operation," he said. " Again we learn that the fight against terror is shared by all leading democracies in the world and will be won with joint effort that is not over yet."
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's office
Spokesman Noriyuki Shikata said the nation would continue its work with the international community to combat terrorism.
"We pay our respects to the efforts of those concerned, including the U.S. and Pakistan. We regard this as part of a united effort to fight against terrorism," Shikata said. "Japan has been working on assistance to both Pakistan and Afghanistan, and proactively tackling the issue of terrorism."
Italian foreign Minister Franco Frattini
The foreign minister applauded the U.S. forces, saying "this is a great victory for the United States and for the entire international community" in the fight against terror.
"It is a victory made possible by the determination of the United States in their hunt against the one responsible for the most tragic episode at the beginning of this century, 9/11 and numerous other tragedies," he said. " A victory that rewards the efforts that all of us next to the United States have fought and continue to fight against terrorism. A victory of good against evil, of justice against malignancy. It is a victory of the free and democratic world."
Pakistan Foreign Ministry
The Pakistani foreign ministry issued a statement confirming the terror leader's death.
"In an intelligence driven operation, Osama bin Laden was killed in the surroundings of Abbotabad in the early hours of this morning. This operation was conducted by the U.S. forces in accordance with declared U.S. policy that Osama bin Laden will be eliminated in a direct action by the U.S. forces, wherever found in the world," the ministry said.
"Earlier today, President Obama telephoned President Zardari on the successful U.S. operation which resulted in killing of Osama bin Laden."
The ministry said the killing highlights the resolve of Pakistan and the international community to combat terrorism.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul
Gul said he welcomed the news of bin Laden's death.
"Terrorists and leaders of terrorists are captured alive or dead sooner or later," Gul said at a news conference. "It should teach a lesson that the leader of the world's most dangerous and sophisticated terrorist organization is captured this way.
Yemeni government official
A government official described the death of Osama bin Laden as "a truly historic moment."
We welcome the news ... millions of people will sleep in peace tonight," the official said. "Osama bin Laden was more of a symbolic figure, a spiritual leader for al Qaeda."
The official said it is too early to determine how his death will affect the war against terror.
"But this is definitely a strong blow to the organization," said the official, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to talk to the media.

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