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Condolences to the People of Norway appreciated

22/08/2011

In July, the Chairman of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, Dr Barry Jones, wrote to the Norwegian Ambassador in Canberra to express our organisation's sympathy and condolences in the aftermath of that nation's tragic massacre. The following response was recently received:


 


ROYAL NORWEGIAN EMBASSY


The Hon. Barry Jones AO


Chair Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority


Port Arthur Historic Site


Arthur Highway


Port Arthur TAS 7182


 


 


Dear Sir,


12 August 2011


Your condolences and sympathy in the wake of the tragic events in Norway on Friday 22 July have been a source of support at a very difficult time. Please accept my most sincere gratitude.


The horrific and brutal acts of terrorism in Norway are a national tragedy. They were also attacks on our humanity and our fundamental values: openness, inclusion, engagement and democracy. In the aftermaths the Norwegian Government has repeatedly confirmed that the attacks will not change the nature of our democracy.


Norway will continue its international commitment to the values we believe in, and continue to stand up for them.


Yours sincerely,


Siren Gjerne Eriksen


Ambassador