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GA: Combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belief

Statement by Counsellour Kjetil Halvorsen on the resolution Combating terrorism and other acts of violence based on religion or belief, 2 April 2019.

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Madame President,

We offer our sincere condolences to the people of New Zealand. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with the families and friends of all those killed, injured or otherwise affected by the horrific attacks carried out in Christchurch. For us the attacks are a powerful reminder of the importance of working against all forms of violent extremism, including right wing extremism.

A major focus for Norway is preventing violent extremism, in all its forms. The underlying drivers are still present and perhaps even more visible today.

We must maintain the momentum on prevention, also on right wing extremism. It must be our top priority. Women, youth and local communities also play crucial roles. We need a whole of society approach.

Thank you.