UN General Assembly condemns Norway attacks

July 23rd, 2011 - 6:02 am ICT by IANS  

United Nations, July 23 (IANS) UN General Assembly President Joseph Deiss has expressed shock over the deadly attacks in Norway, Xinhua reported.

A statement released by his spokesperson said Deiss was deeply shocked to learn about the violent attacks.

“President Deiss is particularly distressed that one of the attacks has targeted young people, and that this has happened on the eve of the High-Level Meeting on Youth convened by the General Assembly in New York on July 25 and 26, 2011 to mark the International Year of Youth,” the spokesman said.

“The president of the General Assembly strongly condemns these attacks and offers his condolences to the people and government of Norway,” he added.

A bomb exploded Friday in downtown Oslo near government offices, killing seven and injuring many. A shooting also took place on Utoya island, south of Oslo, that resulted in the deaths of at least 10 people.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called on the people to stay together after the deadly attacks.

At a press conference held Friday night with Justice Minister Knut Storberget, Stoltenberg said the attacks would not destroy the Norwegian political system.

“We are all shaken by the evil that hit us so brutally and abruptly. We will find the culprit. But the most important thing tonight is to save lives and care,” said Stoltenberg.

The prime minister delivered a message to those behind the attacks.

“No one shall bomb us into silence,” he said.

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