Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson has paid tribute to the innocent victims of the Brussels attacks and their families.
Mr. Nicholson was speaking in the European Parliament debate in Strasbourg this week marking the one year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, where he welcomed signals from the UK Government that it will continue to have as close cooperation as possible with the EU in the fight against terror post-Brexit.
Jim Nicholson MEP said:
“Next week will mark one year since terrorists bombed Brussels airport and Maelbeek station. These attacks were carried out at a time of the day to cause maximum damage, and were the most serious act of terrorism in Belgium’s history.
“I want to pay tribute to the innocent victims and their families. Thirty two civilians were murdered, and over 300 were injured.
“The subsequent lockdown and intense security situation was for me reminiscent of the dark days of terrorism in Northern Ireland.
“Violence and terror cannot ever justify any political or religious cause. All terrorism is evil and must be stopped.
“We need to make sure we are using every tool in the fight against terror, and I welcome the fact that the UK Government is intent on maintaining close security cooperation and intelligence sharing with the EU after Brexit occurs.
“When dealing with the legacy of terrorism, we must never have a situation whereby innocent victims of terrorism are put on a par with victim-makers.”