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While condeming the mass abduction of girls in Nigeria, Sri Lanka today said that the abduction demonstrated the urgent need for decisive and concerted efforts by the international community to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

In a letter addressed to hisNigerian counterpart, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the thoughts of all Sri Lankans are with the people of Nigeria during " this time of anguish".

Following is the full text of the letter

His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

 

Excellency,

It is almost a month since the terrorist group, Boko Haram abducted over 250 female students from a boarding school in Chibok Town in north-eastern Nigeria, a situation which I have followed with much pain of mind.  The Government of Sri Lanka denounces this dastardly act which has shocked the conscience of the world and invited universal opprobrium.

This incident is reminiscent of a particularly ignominious chapter in Sri Lanka’s own recent history, when the LTTE, dubbed as the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world, carried out a systematic and forcible recruitment campaign of children to its “Baby Brigade” and coerced them into taking up arms against the Government.  Terrorism took away all the rights of the young people in Sri Lanka during that time, and now they have all been restored through the concerted action of my Government.

Sri Lanka, also as Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth, stands firmly in solidarity with the Government and people of Nigeria, which is a fellow member, in their relentless efforts to secure the safe return of these innocent victims of terror and be reunited with their families.

This abduction of girls by the Boko Haram is an abominable act of terrorism, perpetrators of which should not go unpunished.  This incident clearly demonstrates the urgent need for decisive and concerted efforts by the international community to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The thoughts and prayers of my people and those of my own, are with you and the people of Nigeria in this time of anguish.  I am confident that with the resilience of the Nigerian people, the girls would be brought home safely.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.  

 

Mahinda Rajapaksa

President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
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  • Exhorcist Tuesday, 13 May 2014 08:11 PM

    Too late as a state to comment. Poor diplomatic relationship

    Ranjitdea Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:28 PM

    Nigeria voted against Sri Lanka last year at the UN for ending terrorism. Hope they will now understand better what terrorism is

    indi Wednesday, 14 May 2014 07:26 AM

    SL should combat the terrorism( rape and killings) in its own country first.

    kith udugama Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:39 AM

    They should be arrested and smash their heads with a base ball bat

    Mohommad Nai Thuma Wednesday, 14 May 2014 02:47 AM

    This is a religious terrorism.

    Public Tuesday, 13 May 2014 02:15 PM

    Terrorists with full of Mental Disorder In Nigeria. Better bring them and put in our Angoda Hospital.

    Joe Mathais Tuesday, 13 May 2014 02:22 PM

    If the Sri Lankan Government says the we are concern Thats The BIGEST JOKE

    Anticleon Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:05 AM

    Specifically this shows the danger of Islamic extremism. That's the biggest lesson for Sri Lanka.

    chena Wednesday, 14 May 2014 10:11 AM

    Some mistakes here

    "Better bring them and put in our Parliament"

    Amana Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:11 AM

    Ccondolence message, never rescue bring back girls, Sri Lanka can help to Nigeria rescue Bring Back Girls again.

    Anticlceon Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:20 PM

    Need not be even 50%. Just wait till they hit 40% and all the "peace" face will disappear.

    ds Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:30 AM

    Boko Haram is let by Rishad Bathuideen in SL. Before you tell the world what to do, vanquish Rishard.

    Fawzan Tuesday, 13 May 2014 03:31 PM

    International community should put an end to kidnapping including those behind white van kidnapping.. Some are attempting to fish in the trouble water and speak like saints

    Down South Tuesday, 13 May 2014 03:36 PM

    Obata Jayama wewa!

    SL Man Wednesday, 14 May 2014 04:33 AM

    How far are we concerned about these things happening in SL in future?

    samarethunge Tuesday, 13 May 2014 03:47 PM

    OK. What do you plan to do about the BBS?

    Proteas Tuesday, 13 May 2014 04:05 PM

    Well Said Sir. Than you for being with Nigerian masses

    ds Tuesday, 13 May 2014 04:28 PM

    Dear Dr. Goodluck!
    Pl do not face badluck by associating with the Mad Rasthi. By the way is your doctorate given by our Mervy?

    observer Friday, 16 May 2014 11:12 AM

    [quote name="Dilshan Fernando"]The problem is with the teachings in that religion....[/quote]

    you are a monument of CNN BBC adultory!

    GAMINI Tuesday, 13 May 2014 05:45 PM

    SL must consider matters on own soil, Bokuhmam are enjoying their religious freedom. Feel sorry for innocent girls who pay the ultimate price.

    observer Friday, 16 May 2014 11:21 AM

    [quote name="Public"]Terrorists with full of Mental Disorder In Nigeria. Better bring them and put in our Angoda Hospital.[/quote]

    Let’s see how Christian missionaries explore the situation…

    Dilshan Fernando Tuesday, 13 May 2014 06:21 PM

    The problem is with the teachings in that religion....

    Palitha Fernando Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:02 PM

    Very true. This is a good lesson for Sri Lanka. When they hit 50% majority don't know what will happen....


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