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* Sri Lankan parliament expresses condolences over Mandela's death
Sat, Dec 7, 2013, 10:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's parliament on Saturday has approved a motion of condolence from the President, the Government, the Parliament and from the people over the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Moving the motion the Leader of the House Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said Nelson Mandela was a leader, who fought against the apartheid policies of South Africa and rendered immense service for the humanity, and a diplomat who even went beyond that.

The Minister, describing the significant role Mandela played to end apartheid in South Africa, said the basic principle of his rule was "national reconciliation and he was successful in making South Africa one of the strong countries in the world.

The opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe speaking on the motion said Nelson Mandela, who fought against apartheid, was a beacon of hope and provided complete freedom to South African people. He said that there are lots of lessons to be learnt from the policies introduced by the late South African leader.

The opposition Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) also expressed its condolences.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said that there are many lessons to be learnt from the life of late Nelson Mandela who acted on a non-violence policy.

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