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By Jamila Najmuddin


Japan said sternly today that international organizations should not dictate to Sri Lanka adding that Japan never imposed on the country when giving aid.

Visiting Japanese Envoy Yashushi Akashi speaking to reporters in Colombo a short while ago following a meeting with External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris, said that Japan was giving 39 billion Japanese Yen to the country and did so with the fullest consultation with the government.

On his 20th visit to the island, Akashi noted that Sri Lanka has made great strides towards peace and also praised the creation of a commission of lessons learned and reconciliation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Asked to comment on war crimes allegations, Akashi said he believes Sri Lanka will follow the due process and do what is best for the country.

He also said he has discussed with Minister Peiris on how the UN can contribute to the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka considering the experience it has around the world.  

Meanwhile Minister Peiris noted that Sri Lanka is looking at a “just and fair” political process for the country and had commenced talks with minority parties as part of this process.

He said he had briefed Mr. Akashi on the need for Sri Lanka to put behind the past and look towards the process of healing. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:39 AM

    Is this the same old Akashi or somebody else?

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:57 AM

    Sounds like Mr. Akashi, after 20 visits to the country, is now looking for a honorary citizenship here.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:02 AM

    Well said Sir

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:03 AM

    Thank you japan for your great support

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:04 AM

    Nice touch! Keep stroking certain people's ego.... think it will get the country anywhere?

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:05 AM

    Well said Mr. Akashi.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:13 AM

    Thank you Japan for your understanding and support.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:15 AM

    Yashushi Akashi is the only good envoy. This is how we want the international community to work with us! Disregard what we do and give what we ask!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:19 AM

    Thank you and Well Said !!! Pls. educate western as well.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:22 AM

    Yasushi,You are welcome to Srilanka forever.
    You deserve citizenship as this is your 20th visit to the island.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:23 AM

    Akashi San, No point saying that in SL on your visit. Can you say that to US & UK and UN? I doubt.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:26 AM

    Mr.Akashi thanks for those comments worth in gold! We need genuine donors like u not shady NGOS with ulterior motive in mind. Seems india/Singapore /Malaysia now so worried as all tourist diverted to SL. Despite all criticism the united SL is going great guns!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:37 AM

    Very refreshing to hear! Thank you, Envoy Akashi. We appreciate Japan has always been a true friend to Sri Lanka.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:39 AM

    Thanks .. Lets go on this way

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:43 AM

    Thank you Japan, and this is how Japan shows there gratitude, for late Pres. JRJ speach after the war, where Japan's diginity was preserved by JRJ's speach.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:47 AM

    Mr. Akashi, the reason Japan has not imposed anything while giving aid is because we import thousands of Japanese vehicles both new and second hand. We also know that aid given is just 2% of the profit made out of Sri Lanka / Japanese transactions.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:58 AM

    you are right spark, Janpan need to improve the economy and are looking for new markets

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:02 AM

    What else you expect him to say. He is on paid vacation from SL govt! (He has been tamed by SL masseuse)

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:07 AM

    Yashushi , why the sudden affection towards Sri Lanka I must pinch myself to see whether this is a dream.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:17 PM

    Japan has always been a good friend of Sri Lanka's and Mr Akashi's comments portray the continuation of this great friendship.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:08 AM

    Japan is a true friend of Srilanka. Thank you Japan,keep it up

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:09 AM

    I know westerners who have visited Sri Lanka more times during the years and privately have spent more money in the island than this man, plus contributing regularly to wellfare projects in Sri Lanka. Should they also receive citizenships?

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 06:38 PM

    Yes. Shut-up all!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:45 PM

    Mr Yashushi Akashi, You are not a peace-maker you are a trouble-maker. Leave Sri Lanka alone!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:23 AM

    Everything is now happening in favour of Sri Lanka. Very soon, we will be the best in South Asia. Then Asia.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:30 PM

    Mr. Akashi, giving large sums of aid is not going to 'buy' peace!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:40 AM

    A GOOD CALL BY AKASHI
    WE ARE NOT CHINESE WITH PONY TAILS TO BE FOOLED.
    INDIA BEWARE

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:44 AM

    Truth realised at last.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:54 AM

    When somebody says something against SL you all welcome. And when somebody pariase us, you say he is paid by SL government. Check that your brain (if avaiable) is in the right place !!!!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:59 AM

    I see a well educated diplomate in my life. well done sir.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:29 AM

    Yep, they should be considered...

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:54 AM

    Why couldn't he tell this before, when there was a stiff pressure during the final days of war? Don't trust him, it seems that he has changed the approach and strategy.
    He's up to something!
    Akashi, you can't fool us, we are mope cunning than Japan!!!

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:11 AM

    Thanks, in return, we will support to reduce more tax on vehicles

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:14 AM

    This is double stand by Japan they pressure UN to impose ban on North Korea and are talking something else here. As always Japanese are brave enough and know that sri lankans are fools.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:17 AM

    How he can educate the west. when he asks from western countries to stop aid for North Korea.

    Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:30 AM

    Who are you man.


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