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Norway PM stresses togetherness, trust. Erna Solberg re-iterates Norwegian society’s most important aspects on 22nd July, three years to the day following the terrorist’s twin attacks. “Today is a day to remember, mourn, commemorate, observe. The grief and loss are still overwhelming for those who lost their loved ones,” she said in her speech, Tuesday. “Memories and feelings are still strong for those who survived the [terror attack on] the government headquarters or on Utøya. It may be difficult to live life as it was for those who risked their life to save others.”

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Norway PM stresses togetherness, trust

Published on Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014 at 13:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

Erna Solberg re-iterates Norwegian society’s most important aspects on 22nd July, three years to the day following the terrorist’s twin attacks.

Utøya in the sunset
The island pictured in 2011.Utøya in the sunset
Photo: Henrik Lied, NRK/Flickr


“Today is a day to remember, mourn, commemorate, observe. The grief and loss are still overwhelming for those who lost their loved ones,” she said in her speech, Tuesday.

“Memories and feelings are still strong for those who survived the [terror attack on] the government headquarters or on Utøya. It may be difficult to live life as it was for those who risked their life to save others.”

Mentioning the 77 victims, eight from the attack on the government headquarters, 69 as a result of the attack on the Island of Utøya, Mrs Solberg also spoke of the importance of “togetherness being just as important today three years later.”

She also thanked then Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg for the leadership he showed, addressing the former Labour (Ap) leader personally.

“You showed the way in the arduous time following 22nd July. It was of measureless value to us, and the significance will never fade,” said Mrs Solberg.

The Conservative (H) Prime Minister then went on to mention the necessity of reinforcing emergency preparedness, bettering investigative procedures, and increasing police officer numbers in order to limit society’s vulnerability as much as possible.

“The most important thing we can do to stand up against radicalisation and violent extremism is to maintain and build on the foremost qualities of our society. The trust we have in each other in Norway is our greatest strength,” Mrs Solberg stated.

“Trust amongst ourselves is built up and reinforced in all the small communities – in pre-schools, schools, and sports clubs.”

Reiterating the importance of standing up and fighting for Norwegian society’s basic values of “openness, tolerance, diversity”, and developing “the Norwegian democratic system”, the Rightist Prime Minister added people must “contribute to creating positive opportunities and include everyone in the community.”

“It’s important for the individual, and it’s important for society.”

Other events taking place today in addition to the 12:00 service held in Oslo Cathedral include:

  • Laying of a wreath at the government headquarters
  • One minute’s silence
  • The Island of Utøya being open for all those who were affected by the tragedy
  • Memorial service on the island
  • One minute’s silence
  • Speeches: Jonas Gahr Støre (Labour Party leader), Labour Youth (AUF) president Eskil Pedersen, Trond Henry Blattmann (22nd July Support Group leader), and Prime Minister Erna Solberg.


Published on Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014 at 13:05 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .

This post has the following tags: utoya, 22july, norway, terror, government.





  
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