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Director-General mourns the loss of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has written to the President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga, voicing grief at the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. He also called for the peace process in the country to be continued.

In his letter of August 16, the Director-General said: “We mourn the loss of an outstanding statesman and friend of UNESCO,” and asked the President to convey his “heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the [late] Foreign Minister’s family, and to the Government and people of Sri Lanka.”

The Director-General further declared that he shared the feelings voiced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations who described Mr Kadirgamar as “a deeply respected statesman dedicated to peace and national unity.”

Mr Matsuura called on Sri Lanka to continue pursuing the peace and reconciliation process underway, despite this criminal act. He pledged that “UNESCO will continue, in its fields of competence, the work undertaken in Sri Lanka in pursuit of the ideals of peace, tolerance and dialogue.”

Source Press Release N° 2005-96
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Publication Date 18 Aug 2005
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