The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has condemned the tragic loss of life that has occurred in the series of terror-related incidents in France over recent days.
Prime Minister O’Neill has further conveyed heartfelt sympathy on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea to the people of France at this difficult time.
“We are shocked and saddened by the attack that occurred in Paris on Wednesday that was followed by hostage situations overnight,” Prime Minister O’Neill said.
“In a world that today seems so full of violence, the thoughts and prayers of Papua New Guineans are with the families of the victims of these attacks, and with the French people at this time of distress and deep sadness.”
The Prime Minister said the attack at the start of the crisis on the office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo was particularly alarming and has deep implications for freedom of expression around the world.
“I know our media fraternity in Papua New Guinea will be acutely aware of this horrific attack, and will lament the tragic loss of their international colleagues.
“Free speech underpins our way of life in free countries.
“These are terrible and callous acts of violence and we hope that perpetrators who remain at large are brought to justice as soon as is possible.”