MEDIA RELEASE

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
AND TRADE, Australia

D9

30 January 1998

AUSTRALIA CONDEMNS BOMBING

The Government of Australia expresses its deepest sadness for those killed by the Sunday 25 January terrorist attack on the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

Australia offers its heartfelt condolences to the people of Sri Lanka, especially to the families of those who died in the attack.

The Australian Government deplores and condemns all acts of terrorism. During a visit to Sri Lanka in July 1997, the Foreign Minister, Mr Alexander Downer, unequivocally condemned acts of violence against innocent civilians as completely unacceptable.

He expressed the hope of the Australian Government that there would be an early, peaceful negotiated settlement to the conflict in Sri Lanka - a solution which takes into account the legitimate aspirations of all communities.