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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

UN General Assembly at a special session condoles...........

[b]UN General Assembly at a special session condoles the death of Kadirgamar.[/b]

New York, 26 August, ( In a rare honour, the United Nations General Assembly held a special session on Wednesday 24th August to express condolences for the assassination of the former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar by suspected members of the LTTE. Representatives of all regional groups as well as delegates of the United States, Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Conference spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on behalf of the Asian countries, the representative of the Fiji Islands said the late Kadirgamar was a true and loyal servant who served his country with dedication, dignity and perseverance. He praised the former Sri Lankan Foreign Minister as a national leader who combined intellectual vigour, political courage and personal integrity and as one who was committed to the course of maintaining peace and stability of his nation.

He said Kadirgamar tried to achieve and maintain a political settlement that upheld pluralism and democracy within a united Sri Lanka.

The Fiji Representative condemned Kadirgamar’s assassination as a heinous act of terrorism and urged the Sri Lankan Government to bring the perpetrators to justice soon.

Speaking on behalf of the African Group, the Head of Delegation of Morocco commended the late Mr. Kadirgamar as a master diplomat and a visionary who sacrificed his life for peace, and unity in Sri Lanka and in the region. He condemned his assassination as a barbaric terrorist act, and stressed that terrorist crimes of this nature could only jeopardize peace and reconciliation.

The Representative of Antigua and Barbuda, speaking on behalf of the Latin America and Caribbean States, praised the late Minister as a national leader, committed to peace and unity in Sri Lanka. He said the Latin America and Caribbean States endorsed fully the condemnation by the Security Council issued on 15th August, 2005 that the murder was a senseless act of terrorism.

Delegations representing the Western countries and Eastern European States also spoke. Expressing shock and revulsion at the assassination of the late Minister, they urged Sri Lanka to bring to book the perpetrators of this savage killing, and assured international co-operation and support in that regard.

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