I was devastated to learn of the catastrophe caused by a massive earthquake in Nepal last Saturday.
I together with the people of Sri Lanka am deeply distressed about this tragedy and the large number of deaths and injury to people that has been caused by it.
We are also deeply saddened to learn of the destruction caused to precious religious and cultural monuments, including UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley, that have been severely damaged by the earthquake.
I extend my profound sympathy to you, the Government and the people of Nepal and in particular to the families of the victims. I extend my best wishes for the speedy recovery of those injured, and to your Excellency and the Government for swift and successful reparation of the damage caused by this disaster.
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
President 1994 - 2005
Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka