Blair says terrorism will be defeated

Gleneagles, Scotland(AP)_ Flanked by fellow world leaders, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said deadly explosions in London would not halt the work of their annual summit.

"We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit," Blair said in a statement on behalf of the Group of Eight leaders and the heads of other nations meeting here. "We will continue our deliberations in the interest of a better world."

Earlier, Blair termed the blasts terrorist attacks and said it was reasonably clear they were "designed and aimed to coincide" with the meeting.

"We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation but on all nations and on civilized people everywhere," the world leaders said.

After reading the statement, Blair was leaving the summit for the day to return to London. President Bush conferred in a secure video conference with national security and homeland security officials in Washington.

The leaders _ already protected by extraordinary security measures that local authorities said were sufficient for now _ planned to proceed with discussions on the issues of global warming and African poverty that Blair has made the centerpiece of the gathering.

"Each of the countries around that table has some experience of the effects of terrorism and all the leaders, as they will indicate a little bit later, share our resolution to defeat this terrorism," a shaken Blair said earlier in a brief statement to reporters.

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