Head of Japan Sri Lanka Parliamentarians' League calls on President
[March 09, 2005 - 10.35 GMT]

Japanese Parliamentarian Hosei Norota called on President Chandrika Kumaratunga today. He was a Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in Japanís Cabinet. 

Mr. Norota and his delegation expressed their sympathy to President Kumaratunga for the December 26 disaster. They said an early warning system could have helped minimize the damage and discussed the importance of such a mechanism being put in place soon. The President thanked the Japanese people and the Government for their early and very generous response in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The President then explained the Governmentís plans to rebuild the lives of those affected. She also mentioned that Japan has been Sri Lankaís largest donor.

President Kumaratunga also thanked Mr. Norota and his delegation for Japanís prompt response, when Sri Lanka requested assistance in the establishment a National Disaster Management and Prevention System. This request was made to Japanís Senior Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Shunzen Tanigawa when he visited Sri Lanka last January. The President was appreciative of Japanís willingness to hold an exhibition of Sri Lankan Cultural Artifacts at the Tokyo Museum.

Ambassador of Japan Akio Suda, Secretary to the President W. J. S. Karunaratne, Foreign Secretary H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, Sri Lankaís Ambassador designate to Japan Ranjith Uyangoda were present at todayís discussions. 








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Last Updated Date: March 09, 2005 - 10.35 GMT


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