welcomes talks between President and PM
4, 2003 - 6.30
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
“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
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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Date: December 4, 2003 -6.30