OECS Statement on New Zealand Shooting

OECS Statement on New Zealand Shooting

OECS Authority Media Statement

The Authority - the Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States meeting in a special session in Guadeloupe on the 14th and 15th March has expressed shared grief at the horrific massacre of innocent worshippers in New Zealand.

Chairman of the Authority Prime Minister Dr. The Hon Ralph Gonsalves expressed strong solidarity with the families of the victims, The Government and people of New Zealand in this darkest of days.

The Chairman said the shooter deliberately targeted a place of sanctity and spiritual comfort for the Muslim community and reports that women and children were among the dead filled all our hearts with a deep sorrow.

We abhor any form of violence against any race, ethnicity, religion or creed and we are unanimous in our resolve that no act of terror will ever change the values of free nations.

New Zealand has been a staunch development partner and close friend of the Caribbean and we will be there for you today, tomorrow and for all the days to come.

As New Zealand comes to terms with their pain let us be comforted that this great nation will continue to be defined by the love of its people which will prevail over the hate with which these innocent lives were taken.

May God continue to bless New Zealand.

 

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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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