SKN expresses profound sorrow to USA over Orlando tragedy

NIA — St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Mark Brantley expressed profound sorrow and regret on behalf of the government and people of the Federation, for what he described as the senseless loss of life in the tragic events that occurred in Orlando, Florida, United States of America on June 12, 2016.

Mr. Brantley expressed the sentiments while addressing the 46th Organisation of American States General Assembly in the Dominican Republic on June 14, 2016. The theme for the three-day meeting was “Institutional Strengthening for Sustainable Development in the Americas.”

“St. Kitts and Nevis stands firmly with our dear friend, the United States of America, in this time of national mourning.

“We pray that from this tragedy, all nations will find the resolve to take deliberate steps to eliminate terrorism and violence in all of its manifestations,” he said.

Mr. Brantley noted the islands in the hemisphere of which St. Kitts and Nevis is a part, want and must insist upon peace, not war; tolerance, not intolerance and; love, not hate.

He said, a clear and equivocal signal must be sent to show that violence in any form against any person or group is unacceptable and has no place in the world.

“May these tragic events harden our collective resolve to fight for societies based on respect for all persons and the inherent dignity of our humanity,” he said.