“A tragedy occurred yesterday that shook our city, our country and indeed the entire world. On behalf of the city government and all Amsterdammers, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of the victims, wherever they call home.

Many questions currently remain unanswered, but the significance of the disaster is gradually becoming clearer. It’s increasingly touching closer to home for all of us, be it through loved ones, relatives, friends, colleagues or neighbours.

We are still awaiting official confirmation, but reports indicate that Amsterdammers and people working for the city are amongst the victims. Parallel with the approach adopted by the State, the City of Amsterdam will focus on providing the utmost support and care to the bereaved. As such, I have decided to interrupt my holiday in order to offer my full assistance.”