The Japanese Government has said it wants to engage with and encourage the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. Senior Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Norio Mitsuya said Japan is opposed to UN resolutions on Sri Lanka which are counterproductive.
Mr. Mitsuya made these observations when he met the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda recently in Japan as a follow up to the recently held Human Rights Council session in Geneva.
The Japanese Minister said Sri Lanka has transcended to the next stage of economic advancement. He expressed eagerness to know more about the aspects of development. Minister Mitsuya placed on record his appreciation to the Government of Sri Lanka and, particularly, to the Embassy for the assistance extended during the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, 2011.
Admiral Karannagoda also stated that the Government and the people of Sri Lanka are most grateful to the Government of Japan for the wide-ranging socio-economic and infrastructural assistance extended, over the last four decades, including in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
Ambassador Karannagoda expressed the gratitude of the Government of Sri Lanka to Japan for abstaining on the vote on the Resolution against Sri Lanka at the HRC, thus demonstrating to the international community Japanís stand in upholding justice and fair play.