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President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message of condolence on the death of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in which he commends the late prime minister for her commitment to fighting terrorism.

“While the late Prime Minister stamped her impress on the political and economic spheres of her country bringing it back on the economic landscape of Europe, she also stood steadfastly against the scourge of terrorism both in the United Kingdom and around the world, undaunted by an assassination attempt on her life” President Rajapaksa said.

Prime Minister Thatcher visited Sri Lanka in 1985 for the ceremonial commissioning of the Victoria Dam Hydroelectric Scheme. During a press conference at that event, responding to a question about terrorism and a political solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, the late Prime Minister had said the following:

“With regard to my own view about terrorism, it has not varied and will not vary. Terrorism must never be seen to win. If it does, it is the end of democracy. There is a democracy in Sri Lanka and I believe that, as in Britain, the problems must be solved through democracy—at any rate by all who believe in democracy.”

While remembering the late prime minister’s visit to Sri Lanka, President Rajapaksa, in the letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron, called Prime Minister Thatcher “a friend of Sri Lanka” and convey the condolences of the Sri Lankan government and people.
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  • moda pissa Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:38 PM

    What about her invasion of Falklands ?

    Paul Albert Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:58 PM

    The late prime minister said " there is democracy in Sri Lanka"
    Yes it was in 1985. Where is it now ?

    Achcharu Friday, 12 April 2013 04:23 AM

    IT took real balls to stand up to the IRA, so the conman point is understood. But how did she say there is democracy back in 1985, when 2 years before and 2 years after, there was Government backed bloodshed. People seem to forget there history very soon, and that we are light years apart from those dark days.

    weha Wednesday, 10 April 2013 05:49 PM

    Wow He is writing a lot of letters these days. but the thing is don't know how many are actually read by the recipient :P :P

    upali Sunday, 14 April 2013 12:00 AM

    hey modapissa, Falklands were invaded by argentines first. Briti sh took it back. Becos it belongs to them. via DM Android App

    Seelawathie Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:10 PM

    Why are you always negative Weha ?. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.


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