New Zealand leaders condemn Sri Lanka blasts

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Auckland, April 22, 2019

Jacinda Ardern (RNZ Picture by Ana Tovey

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has extended New Zealand’s condolences to the Government and people of Sri Lanka following multiple bombings there on Easter Sunday.

“New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism, and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on the 15th of March. To see an attack in Sri Lanka while people were in churches and at hotels is devastating.

“New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely. Collectively we must find the will and the answers to end such violence. I offer New Zealand’s sympathy and support to Sri Lanka at this difficult time,” she said.

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges

National Party MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff (Photo Supplied)

“I am horrified by the devasting terror attacks in Sri Lanka over Easter. It is tragic to see innocent lives be taken by this act of terror while people were at prayer and with their families. My thoughts are with the victims, their families and the Sri Lankan community in Auckland and throughout New Zealand. Our hearts go out to all those affected.”

FTANZ Coordinator Sr Siva Vasanthan

FTANZ Coordinator Dr Siva Vasanthan

“There have been several simultaneous explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday mainly targeting churches and tourist areas killing nearly 200 including 35 foreigners and wounding another 500. These attacks have been criticised by many countries as barbaric, cruel and assault on all humanity.

“Perpetrators of these heinous attacks have not yet been identified.

“Federation of Tamil Associations in New Zealand (FTANZ) fiercely condemns these attacks and expresses our sincere condolences and support to the affected families. These attacks on innocent civilians are no less treacherous than the recent attacks in Christchurch and should be dealt with the same manner.

FTANZ would closely work with New Zealand government and public and take an active role in fundraising to help the victims’ families back in our homeland.’”

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