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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

"The incomparable patience shown by us is not weakness

[b]"The incomparable patience shown by us is not weakness or defeat" – President Mahinda Rajapakse[/b]

[b]Colombo, 26 April, ([/b] In his address to the nation last night, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, accused the LTTE of unilaterally breaking all efforts towards peace. He said that the LTTE was cruel and merciless in its tactics of killing unarmed security forces returning home.

The President also focused on LTTE attempts "to bring about a clash of a communal nature among the Sinhalese and Tamil people." He added: "It is the strategy of the LTTE by this means to change international opinion that is now unfavourable to them, to be in their favour. Therefore, I make a fervent appeal to all our people not to take the law into their own hands, and in anyway give cause for such a communal clash."

The President assured that his government is "ready to face any challenge."

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