Japan backs reconciliation

Japan says it encourages Sri Lanka’s efforts for national reconciliation as a means of sustaining long-term development in the country.
As a key partner in the peace process in Sri Lanka Japan has provided its unstinted support to reconstruct and rebuild the Northern areas, with highest priority to the welfare of the people.
The Government of Japan today extended US$ 283,432 (approximately Rs. 37 million) to the “Reconstruction of Community and Improvement of Livelihood of Returnees in the Fishing Community on Mullaitivu District” project which will be implemented by PARCIC in the Mullaitivu District under the Japan-NGO Cooperation Grant Scheme. PARCIC is a Japanese NGO, actively involved in reconstruction and development (assistance) in the Northern Province since 2004.
This project is for resettled fishery communities to improve their livelihoods. PARCIC has provided 18 common wells in the area in the first half of this year. It helped returnees to quickly recover from the lack of basic living infrastructure. As continuity of that, this project is providing three common halls with livelihood assistance and language education program as well as nursery in Kokuthoduvai, Karunadukeny, Kokillai, Maritimepattu DS, aiming to rebuild the community unity.
Commenting on the project Ms. Ito, a project coordinator of PARCIC said “this project is the first year project of a three year program; PARCIC is planning to provide fish market buildings, jetty, and aquaculture facilities in coming second and third years. Throughout the program we are hoping that the fishery communities will gain their strength. Everyone in the communities, who has come back to their places after more than 20 year, is eager to rebuild their life, and this project is supporting those wishes of the communities.”