Australia condemns Sri Lanka assassination

SYDNEY, Aug 13 (AFP) - Australia Saturday condemned the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, saying the "heinous act of terrorism" should not be allowed to derail the peace process.

"Mr Kadirgamar was instrumental in bringing forward the peace process and in directing Sri Lanka’s foreign relations in the wake of the December 2004 tsunami," Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said in a statement.

"He was a man of moderation who sought the path of peace and worked tirelessly for his country. This heinous act of terrorism must not be allowed to derail efforts to bring peace to Sri Lanka."

Downer said he was "deeply saddened and disturbed" to learn of Kadirgamar’s death, describing him as an eminent statesman, collague and friend.

"It is Australia’s strong hope that, despite this terrorist act, the Sri Lankan peace process will continue, including through early implementation of the Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS)," he said.


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