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Jamaica, St. Lucia condemn terrorist attacks in France

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jul 15, CMC -Jamaica Prime Minster Andrew Holness and his St. Lucian counterpart, Allen  Chastanet, and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller, Friday condemned the terrorist attacks in France that left at least 88 people dead.

In a letter to his French counterpart, Manuel Valls the Jamaican prime minister said “this atrocious act, perpetrated against the French Republic during the festivities on the occasion of the 227th Anniversary of your National Day in the city of Nice, has left Jamaica and the international community in dismay and anguish.

“The attack seeks to undermine the principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity championed by the French in 1789 which have been accepted by the civilized and peace-loving world as core tenets of democracy. “Today, it is clear that there are elements in the world that do not embrace these ideals; elements which are dedicated to inciting fear and hatred among others,” Holness wrote as he extended Jamaica’s condolence to the people of France and their bereaved families.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller in a statement yesterday, said  acts of violence, terror and hate anywhere in the world must be condemned by all peace-loving people in Jamaica and around the globe.

“I extend sincere condolence to the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives and pray for the full recovery in the shortest possible time, of those persons who were injured in this cowardly act,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

She noted that this brutal and unfortunate event is even more outrageous when viewed against the background that it was carried out on Bastille Day which marks the National Day of France and celebrates the unity of the French people.

St. Lucia's Allen Chastanet said “once again the world has to bare the pain of another dreadful attempt to terrorize innocent people”.

He said the attack in Nice “was an attack against people on a day that celebrates Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. People across the world need to draw strength from the French people’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“We are reminded in this time of tragedy that the bonds of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are not only values that the French share but they are values that most of the world share. We implore the entire world to embrace those values to make certain that these ideals endure far beyond any act of terrorism or hateful crimes.”

Chastanet said he St. Lucia was offering its “deepest condolences to the friends and family of those who were killed and our hopes for a speedy recovery to those who were injured.

“Our nation will continue to stand firmly with the French people and provide every support and comfort to the French ambassador and delegates during this time of tragedy” said Prime Minister Chastanet.

No organized group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday night, when a truck into people as they were returning from a Bastille Day fireworks celebration in the southern French city of Nice.

The government has identified the assailant as a 31-year-old native of Tunisia and extended a national state of emergency as France deals with a third major terrorist attack in 19 months.

“We will not give in to the terrorist threat,” Prime Minister  Valls said after a cabinet meeting led by President François Hollande on Friday.

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