Slovenia’s top officials condemn Brussels attacks, PM Cerar: We will continue to support values of democracy, human rights, tolerance, solidarity and peace

Slovenia’s top officials condemned the Brussels attacks on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Miro Cerar stressing that the explosions in the Belgian capital did not directly affect the security situation in Slovenia. Currently there is no reason to raise the security risk level, Cerar told reporters. He did note though that security forces had increased their activities and were on the alert. They are also in constant contact with their counterparts from other European countries, Cerar said at a special news conference dedicated to the Brussels attacks.

Cerar believes that just like in the Paris attacks last November, the fundamental values of the European society – democracy, human rights, tolerance, solidarity and peace – were targeted in Brussels today. “We will continue to support these values, even more resolutely, after today’s events,” the prime minister underscored.

This was echoed by parliamentary Speaker Milan Brglez. He as well as President Borut Pahor called this morning’s attacks a “despicable act” aimed at creating panic at the very heart of Europe. Brglez also extended his condolences to the victims’ relatives and wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the explosions.

Brussels was hit by three explosions this morning. The first two happened at the airport of the Belgian capital, claiming 14 lives and injuring 92 people. Later a bomb went off at a metro station, killing some 20 people and leaving 106 injured.