Thursday 19 September, 2019

OECS pledges support for New Zealand after mass shooting

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States has joined the chorus of voices condemning the violent massacre in New Zealand against muslims. 

In a statement, Chairman of the Authority Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves expressed strong solidarity with the families of the victims, The Government and people of New Zealand in this darkest of days.

The Chairman said the shooter deliberately targeted a place of sanctity and spiritual comfort for the Muslim community and reports that women and children were among the dead filled all our hearts with deep sorrow.

"We abhor any form of violence and act of terror against any race, ethnicity, religion or creed and we are unanimous in our resolve that no act of terror will ever change the values of free nations. New Zealand has been a staunch development partner and close friend of the Caribbean and we will be there for you today, tomorrow and for all the days to come," he said. 

"As New Zealand comes to terms with their pain let us be comforted that this great nation will continue to be defined by the love of all of its people which will prevail over the hate with which these innocent lives were taken."

 

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