Norway PM Apologizes For Flawed Massacre Response

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Norway's prime minister has apologized in Parliament for flaws in the response to last year's bomb and gun rampage by a right-wing extremist who killed 77 people.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, May 22, 2012. Stoltenberg will attend some meetings about the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.

OSLO, Norway — Norway's prime minister has apologized in Parliament for flaws in the response to last year's bomb and gun rampage by a right-wing extremist who killed 77 people.

Jens Stoltenberg also announced the establishment of a new emergency center, better cooperation between rescue teams and the quicker flow of information during crises.

A government-appointed commission's report earlier exposed shortcomings in Norway's terror preparedness and blunders in police rescue operations saying a quicker response from them could have saved lives.

Speaking to lawmakers Tuesday, Stoltenberg listed the main conclusions of the report and said: "For this I apologize."

Last week, Anders Behring Breivik was convicted of terror for the attacks and sentenced to a 21-year prison term that can be extended for as long as he's considered a menace to society.