The Prime Minister said in a message on Saturday, (23rd July, 2011), to Norway’s Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg that he shares in the dark moment of national grief and mourning and he extended heartfelt condolences to those who perished in the wake of the act of terror. He also conveyed his best wishes for their safe keeping
Dr. Douglas said he was deeply saddened by the news of the devastating explosion which targeted a Government building in Oslo and the massacre of 92 innocent people, mostly teenagers, on the island of Utoya where the youth wing of the ruling Labour Party was hosting a summer camp.
Dr. Douglas told Prime Minister Stoltenberg that St. Kitts and Nevis “joins the peaceful nations of the international community in condemning these dastardly acts of terrorism perpetrated by those who have neither regard for human lives nor due respect for law and order. The international community must remain united in its resolve to address this scourge and to bring perpetrators to justice.”
“My Government and I have no doubt that you are imbued with the political will to mobilise the requisite resources and expertise to ensure a speedy return to normalcy, even as you attempt to analyse the sordid details of these two incidences that have triggered international responses,” said Prime Minister Douglas.
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.
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.”
Norwegian police have arrested a 32 year old national Norwegian named Anders Behring Breivik for the shooting and bombing attacks.