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Sri Lanka's President Vows to Continue Peace Efforts Despite FM Assassination

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Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vowed to continue peace efforts with the Tamil Tiger rebels despite evidence linking the rebels to the assassination of her foreign minister. Mrs. Kumaratunga said in a televised address to the nation Sunday night that "we cannot let terror and hatred overcome us." She said that to achieve lasting peace, the country needs to deal with the root of the politics of terror. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is preparing for the funeral of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, who was gunned down late Friday at his home in Colombo by unknown assailants. Hundreds of people viewed his body lying in state Sunday, while police and troops were searching for the assassins, detaining 12 people.
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