Japan welcomes talks between President and PM

[December 4, 2003 - 6.30 GMT] 

Japan, one of the co-chairs of the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka, welcomed the meetings between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as well as the on-going discussions at official levels, as a solid basis for attaining a durable peace in Sri Lanka.

“The Government of Japan strongly hopes that these efforts will create further momentum towards the prompt settlement of the current crisis and the early resumption of the peace process,” Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yoriko Kawaguchi said in a statement released today.

In early November, President Kumaratunga took over three Ministries namely Defence, Interior and Mass Communication in national interest and called for a government of Reconstruction and Reconciliation with all parties represented in Parliament.

The Japanese Foreign Minister further said Japan was pleased that all the parties concerned, including the LTTE, had reconfirmed their commitment to the peace process and full compliance with the ceasefire agreement.

Japan reiterated its support to the Sri Lankan peace process, and to implement the assistance pledged at the Tokyo Conference, based upon the Tokyo Declaration.






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Last Updated Date: December 4, 2003  -6.30 GMT.


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