Chairman of the OECS Authority, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris expresses condolences to the French Government and people whose beautiful capital city was yesterday, Thursday, April 20th, 2017, the site of a brutal terror attack that left one policeman dead and others wounded.
“The Governments and people of the OECS extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and friends of the policeman who was killed when the police bus he was travelling in on the Champs-Élysées came under fire by a gunman. We pray for all of them, as well as for the injured and their loved ones,” the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis said upon learning of the terror attack that struck at the heart of Paris, France, days before the country goes to the polls on Sunday, April 23rd in the first round of voting for the presidential elections.
“The timing of this callous attack provides a stirring reminder that democracy is not only about elections. Democracy is also about promoting and ensuring freedom and safety,” Prime Minister Harris added, noting that: “It is with this in mind that we hold firm to our resolve as responsible and compassionate members of the international community to stand up to evil and support our brothers and sisters at home and around the world wherever and whenever it occurs.”
Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris further stated yesterday, Thursday, April 20th, that, “We laud the exceptional bravery of the police and security services who work valiantly and tirelessly so that freedom can reign throughout the world, enabling our governments, nations and peoples to build peaceful societies for humanity and posterity.”
Prime Minister Harris added that, “The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and our counterparts in the Caribbean region unequivocally condemn in the strongest terms any assault on democracy. We pledge our unwavering support to France during this difficult time, as the international community coalesces around it to send the strong message that terror cannot, will not, and must not prevail.”