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Russia offer condolences for Norway victims

Russian leaders expressed shock and dismay at the terror strikes that have killed over 90 people in Norway.

Moscow: Russian leaders on Saturday expressed
shock and dismay at the terror strikes that have killed over
90 people in Norway in their separate messages to the
country`s King Harald V and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

According to Kremlin press office, President Dmitry
Medvedev requested them to convey his condolences and
sympathies to the affected families.

In his message to his Norwegian counterpart
Stoltenberg, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin dubbed the twin
attack as a "barbarous crime", "senseless act of violence".

Putin also offered all help and assistance to
Stoltenberg, Russian Prime Minister`s office said.

Expressing his condolences, former Soviet President
Mikhail Gorbachev said he was shocked and disturbed at the
twin attacks in a problem-free prosperous state like Norway.

"Probably, the world developments, tense situation in
many global issues in someway also influence the problem-free
prosperous countries," Gorbachev was quoted as saying by

Sri Lankan government also offered its condolences to
Norway over the terrorist attacks in Oslo.

In a statement, Acting Minister of External Affairs
Neomal Perera said Sri Lanka stands with the people of
Norway and offers its deepest sympathies.

Sri Lankans understand the pain and sorrow of the
Norwegians as they themselves had suffered at the hands of the
most brutal form of terrorism, he said in Colombo.

Norway had brokered the 2002 peace accord between the
Sri Lankan government and LTTE in a bid to resolve the
long-standing conflict in the island nation.

The effort failed as the LTTE violated the ceasefire,
leading to government accusations that Norway was siding with
the Tamil Tigers.

In 2008, the Sri Lankan government officially withdrew
from the accord and the LTTE was eventually crushed by the
country`s military in 2009.


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