US condemns suicide attack on Sri Lankan defence secretary

[TamilNet, Friday, 01 December 2006, 10:17 GMT]
The US Embassy in Colombo has condemned the suicide attack on Gotabaya Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan defence secretary and brother of SL president.

Full text of the press release issued by the US Embassy follows:

COLOMBO – December 1, 2006: The United States condemns strongly the terrorist attack this morning on the convoy of Defense Secretary Rajapakse. While we are gratified that Secretary Rajapakse is safe and well, the United States extends our sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed and wounded in this terrible incident. The attack bears all the hallmarks of an operation by the LTTE. We once again call on the LTTE to renounce terrorism, to give up violence and to join in negotiating a peaceful solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict.


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