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09-03-2009

EP President condemns terrorist attack in Northern Ireland

The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pöttering, has strongly condemned the attack on the Massereene army base in Northern Ireland involving the murder of two soldiers and the injuring of four other persons, including two civilians. "This murderous attack on the security forces in Northern Ireland is an utterly despicable act and on behalf of the European Parliament, I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. Our sympathies go immediately to the families and loved ones of the murdered soldiers who gave their lives in the service of their community."

The President continued by referring to his recent visit to Northern Ireland, when "I saw for myself the rich dividends of the peace process, in which members of both communities were working together to build a better life for future generations and to put the evil of the past behind them.

Last night's attack on the army base is also an attack on the democratic institutions of Northern Ireland and on the very basis of the free and democratic society of the people of Northern Ireland. Our full solidarity is with the people of Northern Ireland and with the security forces in their efforts to bring these murderers to justice."

 

For further information, please contact:

Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu / 086 8559423 or contact the President's Press Officer, Fearghas Ó Béara on 0032 498 983311.