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‘22 July was heartbreaking’, says Norway PM. Jens Stoltenberg used some of his traditional New Year’s Address to talk about feelings following the terrorist’s massacres. “Many people were deeply affected by the events of the 22nd July last year. Fathers, mothers, siblings and grandparents had to follow their loved ones to the grave”, he said sombrely, “It was heartbreaking. I have thought of the survivors and the bereaved every day since 22 July. How are you coping? Why did this have to happen?” He stated how he believes that 2012 will bring answers due to the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, also speaking of his faith in the Norwegian people being strengthened in their response to the attack.

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‘22 July was heartbreaking’, says Norway PM

Published on Monday, 2nd January, 2012 at 16:28 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Jens Stoltenberg used some of his traditional New Year’s Address to talk about feelings following the terrorist’s massacres.

Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: Office of the Prime Minister/Flickr


“Many people were deeply affected by the events of the 22nd July last year. Fathers, mothers, siblings and grandparents had to follow their loved ones to the grave”, he said sombrely, “It was heartbreaking. I have thought of the survivors and the bereaved every day since 22 July. How are you coping? Why did this have to happen?”

He stated how he believes that 2012 will bring answers due to the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, also speaking of his faith in the Norwegian people being strengthened in their response to the attack.

“We picked ourselves up, shook off the fear and reaffirmed our commitment to democracy. We demonstrated this in processions where people carried roses and torches, in funerals, churches and mosques, and as we gathered in front of TV screens. We were united as one nation. At this, life’s darkest moment, people discovered the best in themselves.”

The PM went on to express concern about the European debt crisis, arguing that it is more about people than money.

“Once again we are seeing legions of unemployed people in Europe. Many young people are simply losing faith in the future. Europe cannot allow this to happen. For us in Norway, it is a matter of safeguarding jobs and keeping mortgage interest rates low."

Highlighting it is still too soon to know how severely Norway will be affected, he said, “but I promise that we will take action when it is necessary, just as we have in the past.”

Prime Minister Stoltenberg also talked about the main issues he feels need to be given priority in the coming year; fighting global poverty, promoting peace. Climate change was also mentioned. He repeated his message of support and condolence to the people affected by the ‘Dagmar’ storm.

“All of Norway has followed your situation. We admire the people of western Norway for their ability to cope with such extreme situations. I want to commend all of you who have spared no effort in helping and rescuing those affected and repairing the damage. Regrettably, one person was killed in the storm response efforts. When I visit western Norway in a few days’ time, I will discuss emergency preparedness with those who took part in these efforts.”

Ending on a positive note, the PM’s final statement was about the centenary of Roald Amundsen attaining the South Pole. He mentioned how honoured he felt being able to go to the Antarctic.

“There at the opposite end of the world, I saw a Norway that we can all be proud of.”




Published on Monday, 2nd January, 2012 at 16:28 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

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