India pledges full support
Pledging its full support to Sri Lanka in its hour of need, India
has condemned unreservedly the assassination of Foreign Minister
A Government statement issued in New Delhi yesterday said:
have learnt with deep shock and profound grief of the brutal assassination
of Sri Lanka’s distinguished Foreign Minister and long-standing
friend of India, Lakshman Kadirgamar. This has been a heinous act
and we condemn it unreservedly. We hope that the perpetrators of
this terrorist crime will be brought to justice.
have every confidence that Government and friendly people of Sri
Lanka will rise to the challenge and defeat the forces which seek
to undermine Sri Lanka’s unity and political stability. India
will, as always, extend its full support to our friendly neighbour
in its hour of need.
Government of India's support for the unity and territorial integrity
of Sri Lanka remains constant and undiluted. “We convey the
sincere condolences of the Government and people of India to Mrs
Kadirgamar and the entire Kadirgamar family on their irreparable
loss. Our prayers are with them in their moment of sorrow.”
Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh in a condolence message
said Mr. Kadirgamar’s tragic departure from the Sri Lankan
political scene had ‘created a void that will be difficult
, if not impossible to fill”.
“Mr. Kadirgamar’s untimely demise is not only an immeasurable
loss for the Government and people of Sri Lanka, but also for our
region and for the cause of democracy all over the word.
Government and people of India have lost a trusted and valued friend,
who at all times, upheld the interests and cause of partnership
and multi-faceted interaction between Sri Lanka and India with deep
and passionate sincerity commitment,” he said.