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Lankan minister apologises for Jaffna library arson

[PTI, Thursday, 24 June 2010 20:51 No Comment]

Nearly three decades after the world famous Jaffna library was burnt, a Sri Lankan minister has apologised for the incident which destroyed around 97,000 books and manuscripts, including many on Tamil culture.

"Thirty years back this library was set on fire by the goondas (goons) and caused indescribable loss not only to Jaffna but to the whole country," Power and Energy minister Patali Champika Ranawake said.

"I have come to apologise for that dastardly act and beg the pardon of the Tamil community," Ranawake said at a function in the library auditorium in Jaffna yesterday.

"The small gift of books I am presenting to the library would go a long way to remove the scars of the wounds suffered by our Tamil brethren," the Buddhist Jathika Hela Urumaya party member said.

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