Government expresses concern and condemnation over the cowardly attack
on Defence Secretary
December 01, 2006 - 12.30 GMT]
The Government of Sri Lanka expresses grave concern and condemnation
over the cowardly unsuccessful attempt on the life of Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa this morning in Colombo. Although the police
investigations on the incident are yet to conclude, the modus operandi
of the suicide bomb attack has the hallmark of the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which has a long history of suicide bomb attacks on
civilian and military targets.
Two persons died and eight military personnel and 5 civilians were
injured and the vehicle of the Defence Secretary was badly damaged.
The GOSL condemns this dastardly attack in no uncertain terms and wishes
to emphasise that a democratically elected government would not succumb
to such terror tactics unleashed by the LTTE. The GOSL is totally
committed to peace. However, it would not shirk its responsibilities
towards the people of Sri Lanka and would not hesitate to take
appropriate action to safeguard the people and the sovereignty of the
The GOSL, while urging the LTTE to give up the path of terrorism and
resume peace talks genuinely even at this late stage, seeks the
cooperation of the international community to impress upon the LTTE the
futility of terror tactics and the imperative need for resumption of
peace talks to find a lasting political solution.
Director of Government Information
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Date: December 01, 2006 -12.30 GMT