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ECLAC Extends its Condolences over the Attack in Orlando

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16 June 2016|Press Release

ECLAC’s Executive Secretary sent a letter to the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, expressed her solidarity and sent condolences to the people and the Government of the United States after the attack that took place on Sunday 12 June, 2016 in the city of Orlando.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, the United Nations senior official expressed her grief and concern over the fatal victims and her sincerest wishes for a speedy recovery for the more than 50 wounded survivors.

The complete text of Alicia Bárcena’s letter appears below.


Letter from Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, to the President of the United States of America:

It was with great consternation that we learned about the shocking event that occurred at a Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on 12 June 2016.

The entire ECLAC staff and I personally are deeply saddened by the irreparable loss of life in this unspeakable episode and should like to convey our solidarity and heartfelt condolences to the family members of the fatal victims.

We would also like to express our most earnest hopes for the rapid recovery of the many injured.

Let this note carry the fraternal wishes of the Latin American and Caribbean people, united in sadness with the people of the United States of America, and those of Orlando in particular, on this tragic day.

As always, please accept the assurances of my highest consideration.


Alicia Bárcena

Executive Secretary