President Condemns Norway Attack, Cites Lesson to Be Learned

29 July, 2011 | Source: Jakata globe

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday said that the deadly terror attack in Norway should serve as a wake-up call for Indonesia to beef up security.

“We should learn from what happened in Norway,” Yudhoyono said. “It is a peaceful and quiet nation, but it is not free from terrorist threats and violence against humanity. I call for all Indonesian people, wherever you do your activities, you should never ignore safety and security.”

The twin shooting and bomb attacks in Oslo and in Utoya island killed at least 90 people. Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, a self-described Christian fundamentalist and anti-Islam proponent, has admitted to carrying out the attacks as a way to draw attention to what he says is the threatening rise of Islam in Europe.

Yudhoyono said that Indonesian law enforcement agencies should also strengthen security measures to prevent similar acts of terror being carried out here.

“Law enforcers should mainly prevent terrorism in this nation,” he said. “The key to success in combating terrorism is good partnership between the nation, people and law enforcers with the support of the public.”

Yudhoyono said that on behalf of Indonesia, he had sent a letter to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg conveying condolences over the bloody attacks.

“Indonesia condemns such terrorism attacks, which violate humanity,” he said. “It also proves that terrorism could happen anywhere, anytime and by any groups, regardless of religion, ethnicity, nation or other identifier. Terrorism is terrorism.”

“We’re sure that Norway will rise again and will be able to solve this challenge.”
 

 

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