Norway summer camp called off after Utoya massacre

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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 6:37 AM
Norway summer camp called off after Utoya massacre

The youth wing of Norway's governing Labor Party says it will skip its annual island retreat after a gunman killed 69 people during last year's event.

Instead, the organization, known by its initials AUF, says it will hold a "dignified" commemoration of the July 22 massacre on Utoya island outside Oslo.

AUF leader Eskil Pedersen said in a statement Wednesday that "it doesn't feel right to have an ordinary summer camp on Utoya this year."

He said the summer retreats on Utoya _ an AUF tradition dating back to the 1950s _ will continue in the future.

A right-wing extremist diagnosed with a mental disorder has confessed to the Utoya massacre, as well as a bombing in Oslo that killed eight people.