Sri Lanka vows to share power with Tamils despite assassination

Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowed to press ahead with a plan to share power with minority Tamils despite the assassination of her foreign minister by suspected Tamil rebels. Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowed to press ahead with a plan to share power with minority Tamils despite the assassination of her foreign minister by suspected Tamil rebels. In a televised address to the nation Kumaratunga said Sunday she would not bow to terror nor would she allow hatred to cloud the thinking of her administration in trying to end decades of ethnic bloodshed.

Kumaratunga blamed the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for Friday’s assassination of foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, a strong critic of the guerrillas.

“I will re-double the efforts of my government for the devolution of power (with minority communities) based on dialogue, dialogue with all parties,” said Kumaratunga who is a member of the majority Sinhalese community.

“For this, I need the continued support of our people and friends in the international community.

“We shall never bow to terror or allow it to succeed or compromise the security of our people,” she said. “However