Kadirgamar was a friend - Colin Powell
[August 23, 2005 - 10.00 GMT]

Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a message written in the Book of Condolence on the assassination of Sri Lankas late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar wrote,

I come to pay my respects to the memory of a great man and a great patriot of Sri Lanka, Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was also my friend.

He took risks in the cause of obtaining peace in his beloved country. I hope that all parties will come together, maintain the ceasefire, deplore violence and redouble their efforts for peace and reconciliation. This would be the greatest tribute we could pay him.

I extend heartfelt condolences to his family and to all Sri Lankans who grieve for him.

Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was shot dead Friday August 12, 2005. The Book of Condolence is maintained at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C.












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