GIS - 18 November, 2015: The Republic of Mauritius stands alongside with France in these trying moments. We are all with the French people and we share the world’s indignation with regard to terrorism and its consequences for humanity. Mauritius unreservedly condemns terrorism, in all its forms and remains committed to extend full support to the international community to combat terror.
This statement was made yesterday in the National Assembly by the Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13.
The Prime Minister underscored that Friday 13 November 2015 will go down as one of the darkest days in recent history as Paris, “Ville de Lumière”, was attacked by terrorists, sending a shock wave all over the world with the death of at least 129 innocent victims and many casualties. These attacks are the worst acts of violence in France since the Second World War and the worst terrorist strikes in Europe in a decade, he pointed out.
Sir Anerood Jugnauth recalled that on Saturday 14 November, he sent a letter of condolence to the French President, Mr. François Hollande in his name and on behalf of Government and the People of the Republic of Mauritius, to express our deepest sympathy and support to the Government and People of France and also to the families of the victims of these cowardly acts. He also added that he personally called on the Ambassador of the Republic of France to reiterate his personal and the nation’s solidarity towards the French nation and to sign the condolence book.
He further stated that the time is ripe for the international Community to start serious work on a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism so that a global strategy is devised to combat terrorism and all those who actively pursue the “Politics of Fear and Extremism”.
The Prime Minister underlined that there is in fact urgency for an effective global coalition to that effect. There should be no delay in implementing the UN recommendation for stronger and deeper partnerships between global and regional organisations to promote international peace and security. He also appealed that there is need for an international commitment to do away with the flagrant injustices that belittle the human race and fuel so much hatred. Mauritius calls on the international community to put in even greater efforts to ensure that a peaceful solution be found in conflict ridden regions of the world, he added.
He concluded by saying that these are new challenges which have to be faced with strength and determination if we want to preserve peace and our cherished values and called upon each of our citizens to condemn acts of terror. He further appealed to the population to show magnanimity in the face of human sufferings and to demonstrate a profound attachment to the values that make us a peaceful and civilised nation.