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By Our Diplomatic Correspondent
In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, the External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha, said: "India joins other nations in reiterating that such mindless acts cannot undermine the determination of the international community to further intensify efforts through the United Nations to help the people of Iraq."
Terming the act as a "reprehensible act of terrorism", Mr. Sinha described de Mello as a "distinguished professional" who had served the United Nations and international peace throughout his career.
In a separate statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said: "We believe, as a matter of principle, that the U.N. and its personnel involved in the pursuit of peace should not be a target of violent action...India conveys its condolences to the U.N. Secretary-General and to the bereaved families."
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