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