CARICOM Speaks Out On Shootings In Norway

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Shootings In Norway A National Tragedy

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
July 23, 2011 (CUOPM)

CARICOM Chairman, St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has described Friday’s deadly attack in Norway as a “heinous act of wanton and callous slaughter.”

“The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is horrified by the acts of terror perpetrated in Norway on Friday 25 July 2011 at the lakeside camp on the island of Utøya and at the Government Building in Oslo,” said Dr. Douglas as he joined world leaders in expressing outrage and offering support.

“The heinous act of the wanton and callous slaughter of some ninety persons in the lakeside camp is made all the more horrendous and tragic by the youth of the victims,” said the CARICOM Chairman in his letter of condolence.

Dr. Douglas noted that in this time of shock and unspeakable grief, the Caribbean Community stands with the Government and people of Norway as they seek to come to grips with the effects of these traumatic events.

“The Caribbean Community offers its condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to the Government and people of Norway and wish a full and speedy recovery to all who were wounded or injured,” said the message.

Dr. Douglas added: “The Caribbean Community is certain that the innate strength, the exemplary openness and the spirit of solidarity which are so characteristic of Norwegian society will serve as a well-spring of resolve for the people of Norway in overcoming this attack on the very nature of the Norwegian way of life.”

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