Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan President offers condolences to Turkish counterpart on mine disaster
Fri, May 16, 2014, 07:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to Turkish President expressing his shock and sadness over last Tuesday's coal mine disaster in Soma, Turkey.

In a message to his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, President Rajapaksa, while conveying heartfelt condolences over the tragedy, has expressed hope that the other workers trapped in the mine will be rescued safely and the people of Turkey would be able to overcome this misfortune with their "characteristic fortitude and patience".

The coal mine disaster in Soma, Turkey, about 155 miles south of Istanbul, on May 13th has up to now claimed the lives of 283 miners and left around 80 others injured while as many as 120 more are trapped inside the mine.

Full text of President Rajapaksa's message to Turkish President:

His Excellency Abdullah Gul
President of the Republic of Turkey

Excellency,

I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the coal mine disaster in Soma, Turkey yesterday, which has claimed the lives of over 200 miners and left several others trapped inside the mine.

The Government and people of Sri Lanka join me in extending our heartfelt condolences to you, the Government and the people of Turkey, and in particular to the bereaved families over this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of pain and anguish.

Whilst wishing a quick recovery for those who have been injured in this incident, I am confident that all others who are still trapped in the mine would be rescued safely. I believe, the Turkish people would be able to overcome this tragedy with their innate fortitude and patience.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Mahinda Rajapaksa
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Six illegal Sri Lankan migrants caught in India raise suspicions of LTTE revival in Australia
-- [2 hours ago]
China to ensure efficient functioning of Sri Lanka's problem-plagued coal power plant
-- [3 hours ago]
Change in leadership of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party - report
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka armed forces joint field exercise to commence on September 2
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Marxist party says ruling party thugs terrorizing Uva Province
Sri Lanka Election Commissioner promises legal action against illegal election propaganda
Sri Lanka election monitor writes to Election Commissioner on illegal recruitment at Survey Department
Families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka protest to mark International Day of the Disappeared
Supplementary medical professionals of Sri Lanka to end strike tomorrow
Competing party leaders of Sri Lanka main opposition to come together on same platform

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.