Japan backs Sri Lanka

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The Japanese government feels a government which has been elected by the people of the country holds the right to take forward initiatives and implement suitable action and the processes and courses of action should be left in the hands of the respective country and respective people.

This message was conveyed to Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa by Yasushi Akashi, Japan’s Special Representative to Sri Lanka, when they had formal discussions in Tokyo, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Japan said today.

Rajapaksa, who is on an official visit to Tokyo, met senior ministers, Japanese parliamentarians and dignitaries and held discussions on the current development activities and financial and technical assistance extended by Japan.

Discussions were also held on the initiatives taken by the Sri Lankan Government on reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction, following the end of a 30 year conflict with the LTTE and the dawn of peace and development in the country.

At a dinner hosted by Akashi, Rajapaksa said that government is taking steps to reduce the military presence in the North and Eastern areas where initiatives have been taken to recruit 1600 Tamil nationals to the Police Force.

Akashi said that the government of Japan very sincerely appreciates the close and friendly relations shared by both nations and believes that the government of Sri Lanka is making a positive initiative towards development in the North East and commitment to the people of the region.

He stressed that a government which has been elected by the people of the country holds the right to take forward initiatives and implement suitable action and the processes and courses of action should be left in the hands of the respective country and respective people.

Japan also believes that Sri Lanka should continue in its efforts in the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

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