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* Sri Lanka deplores Israeli attack on Gaza bound aid flotilla
Wed, Jun 2, 2010, 11:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka today deeply condemned the Israeli high-seas raid on an humanitarian aid flotilla to Gaza off the coast of Gaza that killed nine activists.

Issuing statement Sri Lanka's External Affairs Ministry today said the "reports of attacks during the Israeli military operation on boats carrying supplies for Palestinian people in international waters off the coast of Gaza have caused grave distress to the Government and the people of Sri Lanka."

Sri Lanka sais it deeply regrets the loss of life and injuries resulting from this operation and condemned the indiscriminate use of force to prevent the carriage of supplies for people under occupation.

"The Government and the people of Sri Lanka extend their sympathies to the families of the victims and injured. Sri Lanka calls for expeditious action to relieve the sufferings of those who are affected by the attacks," the statement said.

"Sri Lanka reiterates its conviction that sustainable peace and security in the region is achievable only through peaceful dialogue," it added.

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