PM condemns Oslo violence

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned last week`s massacre in Oslo, saying it was a grim reminder about the threat that extremist violence poses to open societies.

Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 20:49 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday condemned last week`s massacre in Oslo, saying it was a
grim reminder about the threat that extremist violence poses
to open societies and underlined the need for all to unite
against it.

Singh wrote a letter to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens
Stoltenberg condoling the loss of lives in the violence.

"Please accept on behalf of the Government and people of
India and on my own behalf my deepest condolences at the loss
of so many innocent lives and injuries to scores of others in
the senseless acts of violence in Oslo and the island of Utoya
on 22 July, 2011," Singh said in the letter.

"These incidents have shocked us and we condemn them.

They are a sad and grim reminder of the threat that extremist
violence poses to open and democratic societies like Norway
and India, and the need for all of us to unite in combating
all forms of extremism," the Prime Minister said.

Singh assured Stoltenberg and the people of Norway of
India`s solidarity and support at this tragic hour.

"Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and condolences
which I also request you to convey to the families of the
bereaved," he said.

PTI