Minister Dlamini Zuma Condemns Assassination of Sri Lankan Counterpart
- South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma today Saturday, 13
August 2005 condemned the assassination of her Sri Lankan counterpart, Foreign
Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in Colombo yesterday Friday, 12 August 2005.
South African government joins the international community in expressing its shock
and outrage at the callous murder of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in Colombo
yesterday Friday, 12 August 2005."
"The government of South Africa
condemns without equivocation the use of assassinations as a means to achieve
"Quite clearly the objective of this assassination
was to derail the current peace process between the Sri Lankan government and
the Tamil Tigers."
"Both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil
Tigers owe it to the people not to allow extremists to derail the peace process,
by renewing their commitment to efforts aimed at bringing about lasting peace."
of us who knew Minister Kadirgamar personally will sorely miss his positive contribution
in the multilateral fora, especially his invaluable contributions to the Non-Aligned
Movement (NAM), CHOGM, and Indian Ocean-Rim (IOR)."
of President Thabo Mbeki, the government and people of South Africa, we extend
our heartfelt condolences to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the government and
people of Sri Lanka and in particular, his widow Sugandi and the entire Kadirgamar
family during this time of sorrow and bereavement," concluded Minister Dlamini
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign
Private Bag X152
13 August 2005