Samoa’s Prime Minister condemns acts of violence in Paris

A candle light vigil in front the La Ca Rillon hotel in Paris for the victims of the weekend attacks

BY Lance Polu

APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2015: Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has joined the voices of other world leaders in condemning the acts of terrorism in Paris, France two days ago.

In a letter today to the French President, Francois Hollande, Tuilaepa said “these heinous acts of terrorism must be condemned in the strongest terms and all available measures taken to stamp them out.

The French President Francois Hollande who has called the attacks an act of war

The French President Francois Hollande who has called the attacks an act of war

“We watched and listened in shock and disbelief from our corner of the Pacific the horrifying atrocity perpetuated on Paris. It was an evil and vile attack that also targeted common humanity and our shared universal values of freedom,” wrote Tuilaepa.

“On behalf of our government and the people of Samoa I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to your Government and people of France. Our prayers are with all those who have suffered so grievously and lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy.”

Tuilaepa is due to join other world leaders in France for the major United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris 30 November to 11 December and security is expected to be on high alert on the backdrop of the weekend atrocities.

The chilling remains of the attack

Bullet holes on a hotel walls are the chilling remains of the attack