Annan condemns attack on Sri Lanka airport

27 July 2001

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned the recent attack by the Tamil Tigers (LTTE) against Sri Lanka's international airport, and urged all sides to make every effort to find peace.

A statement issued by his spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York late Thursday said Mr. Annan was "dismayed" at the attack in the country's capital, Colombo. "The Secretary-General condemns this terrorist act and the disregard by the LTTE for the lives of civilians," the statement said.

"The Secretary-General urges all sectors of Sri Lankan society to make every effort to initiate and sustain a viable peace process," the statement said. "He reiterates his support for the efforts of the Government of Norway to facilitate a negotiated political solution to the destructive conflict in Sri Lanka."


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