Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Goff condemns SriLankan Foreign Minister's killing

Goff condemns killing of Sri Lankan Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Phil Goff today condemned the assassination of his Sri Lankan counterpart Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was shot dead near his Colombo home last night.

Sri Lankan police have blamed the attack on Tamil Tiger rebels. Mr Kadirgamar, a Tamil from the separatist heartland of Jaffna, was a staunch opponent of the Tigers.

"During my visit to Sri Lanka in February Mr Kadirgamar and I had constructive discussions about how the peace process could be sustained, and about relief and reconstruction efforts in the wake of the Boxing Day tsunami, which claimed over 30,000 lives there and left tens of thousands homeless," Mr Goff said.

"I deplore the assassination, and utterly condemn those who resort to violence to achieve their ends. The only way to create a lasting peace for the people of Sri Lanka will be through negotiation not violence.

"It would be a tragedy for Sri Lanka for conflict to resume after 30 years of violence that has claimed over 60,000 lives and has had an enormous economic and social cost for both Sinhalese and Tamils alike," Mr Goff said.

Mr Kadirgamar, 73, was a close aide of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. He was appointed foreign minister in April 2004, but had previously held the position from 1994 to 2001.

All Phil Goff’s media releases and speeches are posted at www.beehive.govt.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news