Senior Japanese diplomat Yasushi Akashi said that Japan was not ready to go with the human rights stands of other nations, ignoring the objective realities in Sri Lanka.
Speaking to media in Tokyo on March 13, the former peace envoy to Sri Lanka said that, “it is rather unfair for some developed countries, who have much more resources than Sri Lanka, to express impatience with Sri Lanka and its development; but this is not fair and this is not objective.”
Akashi also recommend visits to Sri Lanka by all those who feel that Sri Lanka's efforts are insufficient, a statement issued by the Office of the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Adviser said.
“If you visit Sri Lanka you will come to know the heroic efforts of people to rebuild their own country, to rehabilitate, remove mines and last but not the least, to achieve genuine reconciliation among the people.”
After his meeting with President Rajapaksa, Ambassador Akashi said "the post-conflict development in Sri Lanka was phenomenal. For a modest sized developing country, Sri Lanka that faced very, very big challenges with the end of the war four years ago, coped with the overwhelming task of feeding a huge number of IDPs, the majority of them housed at Menik Farm in the North."
"In my several visits to the North, I saw with my own eyes how the whole country coped with the challenges of housing, and giving all kinds of other care to 200,000 people, especially women and children."
I was simply amazed by the ability of the people in the government, starting from the leadership, to mobilize the extra effort in a very effective manner. Of course some international help came through the United Nations, but the bulk of the efforts came from within Sri Lanka itself, by the people themselves, he added.
"I can testify that such efforts were very effective and very rewarding. I think everyone tends to judge situation from his or her own background. That is why I feel that it is rather unfair for some developed countries, which have much more resources than Sri Lanka, to express impatience with Sri Lanka and its development; but this is not fair and this is not objective.
Certainly, I am sure that the government and people of Sri Lanka would wish to move such more rapidly, but with Sri Lanka's limited resources what it has done by itself is amazing.
They should always support srilankan regime so God will help them with earth quake and tsunami,
lionheart Friday, 15 March 2013 03:15 PM
Hey Diaspora, The LTTE are the worlds most humane and ethical human rights protectors. Are you happy now?
ss Friday, 15 March 2013 02:53 PM
Bye Bye Subramaniam swamy - Welcome akashi!
truth Friday, 15 March 2013 12:31 PM
seriously are you that stupid
kumar Friday, 15 March 2013 12:34 PM
Provided they are willing to undertake the so called projects..,
R.Dias Friday, 15 March 2013 12:24 PM
poor presentation...the cat is out of the bag..read the line .." I saw with my own eyes.." ..." simply amazed by the ability of the people in the Government..." ......" I can testify that such efforts were effective and reawarding.."... whether these are his own words and if so how much he was paid is God only knows.. whom are they trying to convince ?
youand me Friday, 15 March 2013 12:23 PM
Please widen your eyes. Go To eye doctor.
ind Friday, 15 March 2013 12:22 PM
your name suits well
ind Friday, 15 March 2013 12:21 PM
po da !
kumar Friday, 15 March 2013 11:02 AM
Japanese are worst human right violators in the world. during 2nd world war they have brutally massacred thousands of innocents lives in China, Malaysia and other countries they occupied. So there is no wonder they support the war criminals.
Suq Madique Friday, 15 March 2013 12:17 PM
ravi, thats not funny. Your ignorant comment only exposes how the LTTE supporters win their support.
ind Friday, 15 March 2013 12:10 PM
Thank you very much. But you should make the sound which should hear UN members.
ind Friday, 15 March 2013 12:10 PM
Same time why don't you talk about the 300,000 + killing of US by dropping a atomic bomb.
Ashoka Perera Friday, 15 March 2013 11:56 AM
Big boys US/EU/UK, Do you hear what the one time LTTE favourite Akashi says. Akashi also reminds US, the Hiroshima/Nagasaki of million in one fell swoop, if he does not want to see Iraq and Afganistan with more than a million in cold blood. Sad story is Rajapaksa Incorparted can continue the plunder with a sigh of relief.
Buffaloa Citizen Friday, 15 March 2013 11:47 AM
What about the accusations of thousands of innocent tamils butchered during the last stages of war? Would you want such investigations not to take place and written off? Japan is a country that once committed massive war crimes in other countries and is it because of that this stand?
subha perera Friday, 15 March 2013 11:40 AM
Wow! Truth cant be hidden..
ravi Friday, 15 March 2013 11:35 AM
Ah ah that means you received your full payment yesterday. money talks.
chandana Friday, 15 March 2013 11:15 AM
Your country has been always grateful and you will always supports us without expecting any return. I hope after presidents visit he will realise that we should hand over development work to Japan and not China or India who have deferent agenda
Gune Friday, 15 March 2013 11:14 AM
THANK YOU SIR, FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND ALSO THE JUDGEMENT.
Ranga Friday, 15 March 2013 11:01 AM
We know that you are playing the 'Good Cop' game of the International Community's strategy of 'Good Cop, Bad Cop'.
Keep it up!!
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