Holness expresses shock, regret at Brussels attack

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has expressed "shock and deep regret" at Tuesday’s attack on innocent civilians at the Zaventem International Airport and the Maelbeek City Metro in the Belgian capital Brussels.


More than 30 people are believed to have been killed and dozens injured in attacks at Brussels international airport and a city metro station.


In his statement issued Tuesday on the terror attack, the prime minister said:


"On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I would like to express our deep sympathies to the people and to the Government of Belgium. We extend condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and pray for a speedy recovery for those injured in this morning’s terror attack.


"Jamaica’s commitment to world peace and value for the sanctity of human life sees us standing in solidarity with the Belgian people at this time. Unspeakable horror and trauma has been unleashed upon them, and Jamaica joins the rest of the free world in condemning this act of terror.


"Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians by terrorists anywhere in the world is to be seen as an attack on the values and ideals we hold dear as Jamaicans. If nothing else, attacks of this nature underscore and highlight the grave threats terrorists pose to us.


"Jamaica notes the responses of eminent world leaders thus far, and considers it critically important that the international community continues to speak with one voice in the wake of this morning’s tragedy in Belgium.


"An unmistakable signal must be sent to the enemies of freedom and humanity, that their campaign of terror will not break our spirit nor dampen our resilience as proponents of world peace. No effort should be spared by the international community in deepening counter-terrorism collaboration and strengthening our resolve to protect our common values and reject terrorism."


Prime Minister Holness said he spoke with the Belgian Ambassador to Jamaica Tuesday morning and personally extended sympathies on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica.

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