Issaquah sends condolences to Norway after Oslo tragedy
July 31, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11 a.m. July 31, 2011
The recent terrorist attacks in Norway prompted a global outpouring of goodwill to the Scandinavian nation, including a message from Issaquah.
Sister Cities Commission Chairman Mike Pautz sent a note to officials in Issaquah’s sister city, Sunndal, after the July 22 attacks on government buildings in the capital, Oslo, and a nearby youth camp. Authorities put the death toll at 77 people.
“I wanted to take a moment to say hello and send our positive thoughts to you and your families throughout Norway. Given the recent events in Oslo, and elsewhere in the world, it is important that we all do our best to help spread goodwill and support,” Pautz wrote. “Many of us in Issaquah are thinking of you and hoping that you are all doing well.”
Sunndal is more than 200 miles from Oslo, the largest city in Norway.
Issaquah and Sunndal leaders established a sister-city relationship 20 years ago. The pact included some early exchanges, but diminished as the years passed.
Furthermore, the relationship had not been established under the Sister Cities International umbrella. (The organization tracks and manages the relationships across the globe.) Representatives from both cities intend to formalize the relationship soon.
Issaquah also claims Chefchaouen, Morocco, as a sister city. The cities formalized a sister-city relationship in 2007.