Monday, July 25, 2011

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FROM THE FRAM, NORWAY,


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IN HER DARKEST HOUR

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From: cecilie.landsverk@mfa.no
To: PRVASQ131195@aol.com (Manuel Lasso)
Sent: 7/25/2011 3:13:15 A.M. Central Daylight Time
Subj: FW: Condolences

Dear Sir,
On behalf of the Norwegian people, I would like to thank you warmly for your expressed support regarding the terrible crimes in Oslo and on Utøya on Friday 22 July. At the Norwegian Embassy in Ankara we are most grateful and moved by all the condolences and warm messages received. I can assure you that all of them will be conveyed to Oslo and the Norwegian people.

Norway finds itself in deep grief after the attack on innocent young people and the attack our democracy. We are deeply shocked by the scale of this National catastrophe and we mourn the loss of so many lives.

The Norwegian Foreign minister, Mr. Jonas Gahr Støre, has expressed that politically motivated violence is a threat to our society, however, we cannot accept that this attack will ruins us. Our values and what we believe in will continue to be the backbone of our society. The Minister has said that tomorrow’s Norway will be recognizable, - nobody shall be able to dismantle our values and our democracy.

Please find the link to Prime Minister, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg’s speech at the memorial ceremony in Oslo Cathedral on Sunday, 24 July.
http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/smk/aktuelt/taler_og_artikler/statsministeren/statsminister_jens_stoltenberg/2011/tale-ved-statsminister-jens-stoltenberg-.html?id=651789

Regards,

Cecilie Landsverk
Ambassador

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Speech by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg in Oslo Cathedral

Deres Majesties,
Akjære all together, it is now nearly two days since Norway was hit by the greatest atrocity since the war. At Utøya and at Oslo. It feels like an eternity. There have been hours, days and nights filled with shock, despair, anger and tears. Today it is time for sorrow.On these days we should allow ourselves to stop it. Honor the dead.
92 human lives are lost. Several are still missing. Any and all of those who have passed away is a tragedy. Taken together, the loss is a national tragedy. We are striving to comprehend the scope. All of us knew someone who is gone. Even more know of any. One of them was Monica. For 20 years, she worked at Utøya. For many of us, she was Utøya. Now she is dead. Shot and killed while she watched for the care and safety of young people from across the country. Her husband John and daughters Victoria and Helene are in Drammen church today. This is so unfair. Please know that we weep with you. Others are gone, Tore Eikeland. Leader of AUF in Bergen and one of our most talented young politicians. We remember that he got all the national congress of the Labour Party to cheer when he was a dedicated post on the EU postal directive, and won. Now he's dead. Gone forever. It is not understandable. These are two of those we have lost. We have lost many others, in the Utøya and government building. It did not tarnish our name and image at all. When the extent of the evil emerge in all its horror. There will be a new trial. We will manage it well. Despite all this tragedy, I am proud to live in a country that has managed to rise at a critical time. Everyone is impressed with how much dignity, care and strength we have met this tragedy. We are a small country but we are a proud people. We are still shaken by what hit us, but we never give up our values. The answer is more democracy, more openness and more humanity. But never naivety. No one could have said it nicer than the AUF girl who was interviewed by CNN: "If one man can see so much hate, think how much love we can all see together." To end, let me say to the families across the country who have lost a loved one: Receive my and all of Norway's deepest sympathy in your grief. Just that. The whole world is with you. I have promised to convey condolences to you from Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Frederik Reinfeldt, Angela Merkel, Nothing can never replace the loss. Nothing can bring the loved ones back. Certainly we need support and consolation when life is at its darkest moment. Life is at its darkest hour for you now. Let it be know that we are there for you.
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Manuel Lasso










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El odio nunca curó al odio. Es el amor el que lo alivia; el gesto noble, la mano amiga... . Hatred never healed hatred. It is love...