Presidential Statement on the Death of
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretariat
(Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release July 30 , 1999
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Hillary and I were shocked and saddened by the tragic
death of Neelan Tiruchelvam at the hands of terrorists
in Sri Lanka today. We extend our deepest condolences
to his wife and family.
Neelan Tiruchelvam was a constitutional lawyer and
human rights advocate who was well-known and
well-respected far beyond his country. He devoted
himself to seeking a peaceful and just solution to the
tragic conflict that has caused so much bloodshed in
Hillary was deeply moved by her meeting with
Mr. Tiruchelvam during her 1995 visit to Sri Lanka.
With his death, a powerful voice for reconciliation in
Sri Lanka has been silenced. I hope that this tragedy
will spur efforts to find an end to the fighting and to
build a lasting peace in Sri Lanka.
29th July 1999