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Brussels, 22 July 2011

Message from President Barroso to Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway

President Barroso has sent the following message to Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway:

"It is with the utmost shock that I have observed the events unfolding in Oslo this afternoon.

The bomb attack in the middle of the Government quarter of Oslo has produced abhorrent images and I understand that while the details of the events have yet to be established, it has been confirmed that there have been both fatal victims as well as serious injured ones.

An attack of this magnitude is not something one would expect in Norway, famously associated with peace at home and peace-making abroad.

I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims of this despicable attack and their families. I would also like to convey my deepest sympathies to you, Prime Minister, and to all Norwegians.

My thoughts will remain with you."

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