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Prime Minister Holness condemns terror attack on Belgian capital

Published:Tuesday | March 22, 2016 | 3:33 PM
People holding a banner reading 'I am Brussels' behind flowers and candles to mourn for the victims at Place de la Bourse in the center of Brussels today.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expressing shock and deep regret at the attack on innocent civilians at the Zaventem International Airport as well as the Maelbeek City Metro in the Belgian capital Brussels this morning. 

Three explosions have claimed the lives of over 30 civilians and have left over 200 others injured.  

"Jamaica’s commitment to world peace and value for the sanctity of human life sees us standing in solidarity with the Belgian people at this time. Unspeakable horror and trauma has been unleashed upon them and Jamaica joins the rest of the free world in condemning this morning’s act of terror," Holness said.

PHOTO: Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Holness said Jamaica notes the responses of eminent world leaders thus far, and considers it critically important that the international community continues to speak with one voice in the wake of this morning’s tragedy in Belgium. 

"An unmistakable signal must be sent to the enemies of freedom and humanity,p that their campaign of terror will not break our spirit nor dampen our resilience as proponents of world peace," he said.

According to the Jamaican Prime Minister, no effort should be spared by the international community in deepening counter-terrorism collaboration and strengthening the resolve to protect our common values and reject terrorism.

Prime Minister Holness spoke with the Belgian Ambassador to Jamaica this morning and extended sympathies on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica.