I welcome the successful operation by US special forces aimed at bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice, which has led to his death. It is a significant additional step in our collective efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism.
Based on the available information, the circumstances of this difficult operation made it impossible to capture Osama Bin Laden alive.
The death of Osama Bin Laden further weakens Al Qaeda core, an organisation whose operational capabilities have been seriously degraded in recent years. The impact of Osama Bin Laden as a symbol will most likely keep inspiring affiliated groups and individuals for some time, so we should remain vigilant. The EU and the US, together with our friends in the Muslim world, will continue our joint effort to prevent and fight against terrorism.