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LatAm countries condemn attack against U.S. consulate in Libya

2012-09-13 02:28:24 GMT2012-09-13 10:28:24(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Countries across Latin America on Wednesday condemned the fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Hundreds of protesters, angered by an alleged U.S.-made movie that insults Prophet Mohammed, stormed and set ablaze the U.S. consulate building in Benghazi on Tuesday night.

Libyan authorities confirmed on Wednesday that Stevens, 52, was killed along with three other U.S. embassy staff when they tried to evacuate staff in the building, which came under attack by a mob armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

The Argentine government said in a statement that the president and "the Argentine people express their strong condemnation of the attack."

President Cristina Fernandez "deeply regretted the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and of other U.S. and Libyan citizens," the statement said.

Brazil's Foreign Ministry strongly denounced the attack, which also injured 32 people, including 14 Americans and 18 Libyans.

Brazil "reiterates the obligation of all countries to observe the principle of inviolability of consulates and diplomatic representations," which was set up in the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, the ministry said in a statement.

In the name of the Brazilian government and people, the Foreign Ministry also expressed its condolences to the families of the deceased diplomats and its solidarity with the U.S. government.

Chile's government "expressed its strongest condemnation of the terrorist attack against the U.S. ambassador in Libya," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It expressed Chile's "confidence that these events will not affect the democratization process the Libyan society is currently engaged in."

The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry expressed "its complete rejection" of any kind of terrorist attacks, especially those that target diplomats.

"Costa Rica makes a vehement call for respecting international law, in particular, the obligations set out in the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic Relations," it said.

Ecuador's government expressed its condolences to the Americans and condemned "all violent acts that, no matter who are the perpetrators, are unjustified."

The Ecuadorian government rejects "any situation that puts human life at risk" and condemns "the violation of diplomatic venues, which are governed by the principle of international law."

Nicaragua's "President Daniel Ortega denounces acts of barbarism and terrorism anywhere in the world," said presidential spokeswoman Rosario Murillo.

The government of Nicaragua "strongly condemns the terrorist act against the U.S. diplomatic mission," Murillo added, noting that the government "reaffirms its commitment to a world free of intolerance and extremism."

Mexico's government condemned the attack and expressed its solidarity with the U.S. government and the relatives of the victims.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry expressed deep condolences to the victims' relatives and condemned the attacks on diplomatic missions.

Panama's government expressed its condolences to the government and people of the United States for the deaths in Benghazi.

The Panamanian Foreign Ministry strongly condemned this kind of actions, which "cause mourning and pain to a friend country," adding the diplomatic missions in the world should be protected by local authorities.

El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes voiced his country's solidarity with the Americans, especially the victims' families, adding that "we condemn all terrorist attacks and we offer the U.S. authorities our support for coordinating necessary security plans."

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