Clinton displays continued concern
[August 11, 2005 - 9.00 GMT]
President Bill Clinton telephoned President Chandrika Kumaratunga early
this week to enquire about the progress of
Sri Lanka’s recovery efforts after the
December 26th tragedy.
During the course of
the conversation President Clinton told Kumaratunga, “You have changed
reality. It is now difficult for anybody else to turn back the clock. I
understand the pain and loss that you have had to face.”
While talking about
her peace efforts President Clinton said, “I know it was with great
difficulty you stood by your convictions and I admire your courage. I
use you as an example when talking to other leaders who have conflicts
within their communities.”
assured Kumaratunga he will continue to help
construct more permanent dwellings for tsunami affected families with
the special funds allocated to him in his capacity as the UN
Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery.
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Date: August 11, 2005 - 9.00 GMT