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Britain: 'Mission NOT accomplished'
Mon, 02 May 2011 19:31:18 GMT
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Britain says it does not consider al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death as an end to the international military mission in Afghanistan.

"Just as we should be clear that this is an important and positive development, we should also be clear that the problems we are dealing with have not gone away," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Cairo, Egypt, where he is paying an official visit.

"We will still have to be vigilant, even more vigilant, in the coming days about the international terrorist threat.

"The work in Afghanistan will continue to be phenomenally difficult and must go on. So it would be wrong to draw the conclusion that suddenly we have solved a mass of the world's problems", added the foreign secretary.

His boss, Prime Minister David Cameron described the news of Osama bin Laden's death, as a great relief, saying the death would "bring great relief to people across the world".

"It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror," Cameron said in a statement.

"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, many of them British.

"I congratulate President Obama [the US president] and those responsible for carrying out this operation," he added.

The al Qaeda mastermind was killed Sunday in a firefight with covert US troops in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, northeast of the capital Islamabad.

Meanwhile, former British prime minister Tony Blair said the fight against terrorism remained as urgent as ever following the killing of bin Laden.

Blair said Bin Laden's death was a huge achievement and showed that the perpetrators of atrocities would be brought to justice, no matter how long it took.

Blair was Britain's premier at the time of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the July 7, 2005, suicide bombings in London.

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