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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a condolence message to US President Barak Obama about the shoot-out in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, where 27 persons, including 20 children were killed.

The message says:

H.E. Barack Obama
President of the United States of America


I was greatly greatly saddened to hear the news of the shoot-out in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where 27 persons, including 20 innocent little children were tragically gunned down.

I wish to convey my personal heartfelt sympathies to Your Excellency, while the people and the Government of Sri Lanka join me in expressing our sincere condolences to the Government and the people of the United States at this tragic moment.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the parents and siblings of the children who lost their lives, as well as the families of the six adults who were killed. In this Christmas season, our sympathies are also with the people of Newtown, who will need fortitude and courage to come to terms with their grief over this terrible carnage in their community.

Mahinda Rajapaksa
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

  Comments - 51

  • naya Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:01 AM

    please respect our president he the one freedom to our country,

    Rahu Sunday, 16 December 2012 04:17 PM

    Same tears for Palastenian children too

    Citizen Monday, 17 December 2012 06:19 AM

    Mahinda, does he know u exists?

    sumedha Monday, 17 December 2012 06:31 AM

    our prayes also with them sir,a letter that we all need

    sumedha Monday, 17 December 2012 06:32 AM

    now he will know

    shaheed Monday, 17 December 2012 06:52 AM

    We totally comdem the brutality committed against innocient young kids and our sympathy to the parents and relation of the people whose life was unfaily taken away

    lankan Monday, 17 December 2012 07:00 AM

    Killings LOCAL - Silence..., killings INTERNATIONAL - Condolence....

    Asanka Monday, 17 December 2012 07:16 AM

    Ha, Ha Ha, from a murderer who slaughtered 40,000+ Women and Children in his own backyard.

    Jan Chandra Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:59 AM

    Many Colombians long for the West. Ranil gapes at the West all the time. How lucky we are in Sri Lanka. We hardly hear of these tragedies with unknown persons. The arms business not only hurts the US but the whole world. Beware of Arab springs organised by the US.

    sobana Monday, 17 December 2012 03:02 PM

    Why the condolences. The Government of SL shot and killed 29 inmates of the welikada prison. So what is suprising of a mentally disabled person shooting.

    Aney Machang Monday, 17 December 2012 08:17 AM

    Obama is also waiting for the letter from Doctor Mervin!

    PoliticallyIncorrect Monday, 17 December 2012 08:37 AM

    noble? ha ha ha ha

    NALIN KALUTARA Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:52 AM

    Mr. OBAMA PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCE, In this moment various parts of the world,(AFGANISTAN,PAKISTAN,IRAQ.EGYPT,SYRIA,LIBIA,IRAN, PALASTIN) suffered like your situations in every where. Most of the western contries should responsible for this tragic situation.Time ago SRI LANKA also suffered lot from terror. But no one helps us. Only condolence statement issued. Sir plese take steps block fundind for terrists, block their arms support for anti terrism activities. THEN WORLD WOULD BE MORE PEACEFULL.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 17 December 2012 08:46 AM

    Heard Obama is also drafting a message to say "deepest sympathies" to the Sri Lankan President on his self-propelled predicament with regard to the impeachment of the Chief Justice.

    Kinithullah M.H Monday, 17 December 2012 09:01 AM

    Why are all of you people getting exited ? There is nothing wrong with this message. This shows how narrow minded you Colombians are.

    Kinithullah M.H Monday, 17 December 2012 09:07 AM

    If he doesn't know, he's a moron (just like you are). He's been commenting about our country so he had better know.

    Hussain Jaleel Sunday, 16 December 2012 10:06 AM

    Yes, It is very very sad, our sympathies too.

    Kinithullah M.H Monday, 17 December 2012 09:16 AM

    Mr. Hilton-the-joker, are you jealous ? Eat polos.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Sunday, 16 December 2012 10:34 AM

    What a sympathetic President we have. He is so sensitive to the hurt of others. I feel like crying with him.

    surain Sunday, 16 December 2012 10:50 AM

    i wear sheep skin time to time so that the world cant judge me properly

    Namal PavithraN Sunday, 16 December 2012 10:53 AM

    Be the first to convey condolences!.

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 17 December 2012 09:53 AM

    Probably sarcastic.

    who cares Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:16 AM

    who cares this? and who will respect us since we are under the human right voilating country

    Mom Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:20 AM

    The prez badly needs a good letter writer. What a terrible letter!

    Gamaralala Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:20 AM

    expressing my sincere condolences too....

    Bonggo Monday, 17 December 2012 10:06 AM

    These are considered as open letters,

    unchikun Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:41 AM

    Will it get pass the noble gates of the White House?

    Jesus Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:46 AM

    Very soon Obama will have to give condolence. To the public of Sri Lanka ......

    desilva Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:50 AM

    BORU SOBANA! by Lambagini (Badagini)

    DJ Hilton Sunday, 16 December 2012 11:53 AM

    don't be a joker...

    godaya Monday, 17 December 2012 10:24 AM

    Most respondents in the daily mirror are either anti government or LTTE sympathizers. Their comments are so hated and anti government.

    Jagath Leanage Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:07 PM

    adambara kara thaththata duka hithila.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:09 PM

    Exactly. Only 20 were innocent.

    Kavitha Monday, 17 December 2012 07:16 PM

    MR has sympathy over everyone except Tamils, who he says his own people..!!
    I will welcome this if he has conveyed his sympathies to the familes who lost their loved ones in the war. even though if they were killed by his forces..

    Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:20 PM

    Does "people of Sri Lanka" include Wimal Werasena too?

    ahnef Monday, 17 December 2012 02:50 AM

    what about killing palestain and iraq kids

    bullshit Monday, 17 December 2012 10:40 AM

    True that!

    chris abey Monday, 17 December 2012 02:54 AM

    What about the hundreds of little children who perished in the war?And hundreds more orphaned?In our own country.

    man hatton Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:29 PM

    greatly greatly saddened, oooh what a poor president?

    vignesh Monday, 17 December 2012 03:08 AM

    what about all the children killed in vanni

    Lobo Monday, 17 December 2012 11:23 AM

    Everything he does is a big publicity stunt. Nothing is for real or genuine.

    clifford David Monday, 17 December 2012 11:28 AM

    where is Wimal Weerawansa? How come he is silent

    maharaja Monday, 17 December 2012 03:49 AM

    No sympathy for Chaves b'cos he was admitted to a Cuban hospital.

    PoliticallyIncorrect Monday, 17 December 2012 04:00 AM

    you mean more than 20 kids died? I thought it was 20?

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 17 December 2012 03:57 AM

    I think Obama will come to Sri Lanka to take Advices from MR.

    Rosh Monday, 17 December 2012 04:05 AM

    Yeah but isn't it unethical to leak / publish / issue outside a letter to a third party unless this is a cheap publicity stunt???

    Rosh Monday, 17 December 2012 04:14 AM

    A typical publicity cheap style !!!

    bushel Monday, 17 December 2012 04:23 AM

    No sympathy for petrol at Rs. 159/= while ministers pump loads and loads of free petrol .

    Harima Wedak Monday, 17 December 2012 04:47 AM

    Yes, for HAMAS using kids as suicide bombers and also firing at Israeli schools and hospitals while hiding the rocket launchers behind innocent Palestinian Children, hoping for them to be killed in retaliatory fire, to show photos to oil rich countries and get more $$$ while your kids in Maradana and Thihariya are safe.

    Dee Monday, 17 December 2012 04:58 AM

    Those 20 children, as they had left home for school earlier that day, were boys and girls who had favorite television shows, and Christmas wish lists, and jokes that only they and their families understood, and brothers and sisters they knew they'd be having dinner with.
    I wish I knew the perfect words to say... but I do not.

    Amila.G Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:48 AM

    Sour grapes.

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