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World leaders condemn Oslo attacks

Craig McMurtrie reported this story on Saturday, July 23, 2011 08:12:00

ELIZABETH JACKSON: Even hardened observers of world events were stunned at the ferocity of the
attacks in Norway. Shocked world leaders quickly condemned the violence in the strongest terms.

Several governments including the US and Britain have offered immediate assistance in any
investigation to find out who was behind the attacks. The Australian Government has also responded.

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has issued a statement saying that Australia condemns the brutal
and shocking attacks which occurred in Norway overnight. She says Norway is a good friend and
partner of Australia and she says Australia stands ready to assist in any way it can.

With a wrap up now of the international reaction here's our correspondent Craig McMurtrie reporting
from Washington.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Norway isn't usually in the headlines for acts of terrorism which could explain
why news of the attacks reverberated so quickly around the world. A spokesman at the state
department called it despicable. The US president was briefed by his top counter-terrorism advisor
before speaking to reporters in the oval office.

BARACK OBAMA: We don't have information yet but I wanted to personally extend my condolences to the
people of Norway and it's a reminder that the entire international community has a stake in
preventing this kind of terror from occurring and that we have to work cooperatively together both
on intelligence and in terms of prevention of these kinds of horrible attacks.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Sitting alongside the president, was New Zealand prime minister John Key.

JOHN KEY: If it is an act of global terrorism I think what it shows is no country large or small is
immune from that risk.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: The American leader's call for greater international intelligence sharing comes as
analysts warn that terrorists are increasingly looking toward softer targets and countries other
than the United States and Britain. Norway has troops in Afghanistan and is involved with NATO
military action in Libya.

NATO condemned what it called the heinous acts of violence; the European Union expressed its shock,
describing the blasts as abhorrent.

Almost immediately world leaders condemned it as an act of terrorism; in a statement british prime
minister, David Cameron, said he was outraged, branding the attacks evil.

The news also stunned diplomats in New York. Martin Nesirky is the spokesman for Ban Ki Moon.

MARTIN NESIRKY: The secretary general is certainly aware of it and I know that he is shocked by
what's happened.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Not surprisingly Norway wasn't on the US state department's list of countries with
travel warnings. Barack Obama reminding reporters of his visit to the Norwegian capital two years
ago for the Nobel Peace Prize.

BARACK OBAMA: I remember fondly my visit to Oslo and how warmly the people of Norway treated me and
so our hearts go out to them and we will provide any support that we can to them as they
investigate these occurrences.

CRAIG MCMURTRIE: Like the US, Britain is also offering to help Norwegian authorities with the
investigation.

This is Craig McMurtrie, for Saturday AM.