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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the brutal killing of Maheswary Valautham

Colombo, 17 May, ( In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the brutal assassination of Ms. Maheshwary Velautham by the LTTE on 13 May 2008. The statement adds that the cowardly incident took place while Ms. Velautham was visiting her ailing mother in her native village of Karaveddi in Jaffna.

According to the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, “Ms. Velautham served as the Advisor to Minister Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP).

"She was fluent in the three languages used widely in Sri Lanka. As the representative of her political party, she was also the only woman member in the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), actively engaged in bringing about a lasting peace through the democratic political process initiated by the Government of Sri Lanka.

“She paid the highest price in the pursuit of strengthening Tamil political elements opposing LTTE terrorism. Her contribution to the democratic mainstream in Sri Lanka is viewed in the context of political developments taking place in the roadmap toward peace with the pronouncement of greater devolution to the people in the North in the setting up of an Interim Advisory Council that would set the stage for Provincial Elections in the North.

“The assassination of Ms. Velautham is the second high profile political killing the LTTE has carried out in the short span of two months. Along with the late Cabinet Minister, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Ms. Velautham was a member of the Tamil speaking community totally committed to the Sri Lanka Government’s roadmap to peace.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to underscore to the international community that this contemptible act by the LTTE once again demonstrates the LTTE’s determination to eliminate those in the Tamil community who are dedicated to the cause of peace and democratic rights for all people in Sri Lanka.”

- Asian Tribune -

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