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Visiting Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi said today that it was not only the International Community but also Sri Lankans who are anxiously “waiting for action and not just sound and fury”.

Responding to a question on corruption, good governance, the adherence to the rule of law and the Government’s commitment to all stakeholders including the International Community to address these concerns, Mr. Akashi said the Government should not repeat such failures on its commitments.

“There is a certain amount of impatience and frustration on these matters and there is a notion that the Sri Lankan Government has taken too much time appointing commissions and then shelving their reports without taking any action. I hope the government of Sri Lanka is reflecting upon these past repetitions. I think time has come for action and I hope that kind action is needed, the implementation of the LLRC report is a good testing case of real action, it’s the people in Sri Lanka not those in other countries are anxiously waiting for action and not just sound and fury,” he said.

Mr. Akashi said matters of good governance were raised during his meetings with Government officials including the President.

He told a news conference at the end of his visit to Sri Lanka that the Lankan government must eliminate the ‘credibility gap’ with regard to the perception and reality regarding the implementation of proposals for reconciliation.

He said though much has been done by the Sri Lankan Government in terms of reconciliation and the National Action Plan based on the LLRC recommendations a gap exists in the perception between the wishes of the International Community and the reality.

Mr. Akashi said the Japanese Government is working closely with the United Nations Human Rights Commissioners Officer and that he had discussed several methods through which the relationship between the UNHRC and the Sri Lankan Government could be strengthened.

He said though the Japanese government did not believe in interfering in the decisions taken by a country, the Sri Lankan Government should be ready and willing to listen to the international community.

“A pre requisite is the willingness of the Sri Lankan Government to listen to the concerns of the International Community and the Human Rights Council which represent the International Community” Mr. Akashi said and commended the efforts taken by the Government with regard to demining, resettlement and rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres and expressed hope that the National Action Plan would be implemented.

“Presidential secretary Lalith Weerathunge will be going to Geneva in January to apprise the council of the work done and I think it’s a good exercise. If it has to be someone it is him who could do it and I have full faith in what he is doing” he said.

When questioned as to if the government of Japan concurs with the views expressed by the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay who said that the Lankan government was moving towards an ‘ authoritarian direction’, Akashi was evasive.

I have no right to give my interpretation as to what the UN human Rights Commissioner said several weeks ago. She is doing her job as she feels is right and I say that as a responsible government Like to think that it is important to the government Japan will decide on this matter to the best of its ability based on the best of information. And im grateful for the sincere discussions I have been able to engage with the senior members of the Lankan government and my ambassador stations in Colombo is in constant touch with members of the government and civil society. So on the basis of this we will make our own judgment and take our position which we will express without hesitation in Geneva” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)


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  • Shehan Friday, 13 December 2013 01:25 PM

    Good luck trying to talk sense to SL politicians.
    They are on a par to stubborn mules!

    modaya Friday, 13 December 2013 11:59 PM

    Take it mate, without sidetracking as usual with 'diaspora money'.

    modaya Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:03 AM

    How can anyone help without your DESIRE for it?

    Cobra Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:44 AM

    You said it! They are only worried about what the Int'l Community has to say completely forgetting us Sri Lankans whom they have taken for granted. We have an axe to grind with them as well.

    zorro Friday, 13 December 2013 02:25 PM

    OH, now a friend has spoken! or is he already in the pay list of diapora?

    Ratavasiya Friday, 13 December 2013 02:29 PM

    The message is loud cand clear.

    Ganesh Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:12 AM

    You are absolutely correct

    Abdul Friday, 13 December 2013 03:02 PM

    We have to decide whether to loose the entire reputation Mr. Kathirgamar(Foreign Minister) built up with the international community.

    modaya Friday, 13 December 2013 03:02 PM

    This polite man has shown, for the first time, his disappointment with Sri Lanka. We are will have fewer friends at Geneva in March.

    Janaki Kalansuriya Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:13 AM

    Thank you Akashi San. But, once you have left the shores of our soil, the bandwagon will roll, saying "our matters, our business and we don't want foreigners telling us what to do".
    This government is good at saying that some of its sons and daughters are traitors of the land when they seek international intervention, in the absence of fair-play and justice for all but the powerful. eg. Amid countries economic woes faced by the poor masses, "Night races" for the affluent (who got down state-of-the-art Cars) will go on without any form of remorse.
    Even the plants on the Temple Trees' walls are Blessed unlike the poor, in this country. The irrigation system works so well to even wet the road by the side.

    Suq Madique Friday, 13 December 2013 03:14 PM

    Actually we don't want sound and fury from from abroad. Instead we would welcome anyone to help in the reconciliation process.

    Cobra Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:15 AM

    Aaaa, you know where to put the Mahinda Chinthana!!!

    Nihal Jayaweera Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:23 AM

    the bottom line is that Int' community wants to penalize the Senior defence officials and the President on war crime charges who fought against a megalomaniac.
    Could any of you lived in SL for the last 30 years agree to that.

    jayasingha Friday, 13 December 2013 03:32 PM

    The problem is that the UN has lost it"s credibility for Sri Lanka to work confidently with this organization. UN is under severe pressure from western nations to proceed with their own agendas. UN must first improve on it's credibility for any country to respect it.

    jo joe Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:57 PM

    Would it be a challenge to all the politician to do politics or be in power without creating issues with the Tamil community.
    Just a thought to share

    crazyboy Friday, 13 December 2013 03:47 PM

    Check the essence of what he says, he is from a genuinely friendly nation to Srilanka. Hope our politico doesn't offer marriage proposal or brand him as a voice of diaspora, looks like they will take a well informed decision at the next UNHRC gathering.

    ase Sunday, 15 December 2013 05:27 AM

    if china and russia stop side kicking, means against every possible solution, working on there own profit, un might work more efficient, still the cold war thru un.

    Shankar Friday, 13 December 2013 03:50 PM

    It is a first hard tone talk by the Japanese envoy to the GOSL

    ase Sunday, 15 December 2013 05:29 AM

    mahind thought god laughed, hooooooooooooooo, aiyo.

    sendo Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:22 PM

    I think he has also become a person in Tamil diaspora's 'pay list'. haaa Haaaa!

    dharmapala Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:53 AM

    japan ,europe, uk ,usa, india, canada, australia, comman wealth sumiit meeting srilanka violation of human rights is very important subjects, mr weeathga going to Geneva, what is the outcome, Mr .G,l Peries is faild in human Rights violation minister for foreign affais,2014 ma.rch last day

    jay Sunday, 15 December 2013 05:43 AM

    Here is a massage to Aksaki. We do know who you are. You are the one of western agents who ordered the Serbian leader mass rape and murder of Muslim women and children in Bosnia and later arrested Serbian leader and charge him with war crimes to "make believe" the world that you and your western spies are " human write Workers"

    Just wait and see what demand in UN will follow about "Land Grab" and Military occupation" you and Banky Moon are two of many thousands Western bribed third world "Raccoon"- crooks & criminals. Other two many popular faced -covered Western bribed spies are Nelson mandala and " blue colored man "Dustman" Tooto" both were slave South African and were the members of "Elders" spy masters.

    So lately, President Rajpakese went honor this global south African spies who cheated sri lanka and now South African slave spies repeatedly and forcefully offering "Peace Reconciliation shit" Guess which spy masters are behind"

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 14 December 2013 02:46 AM

    Government & so called international community have their own differing agendas, that's loud & clear, sound and fury!!

    Aaaa Friday, 13 December 2013 04:33 PM

    Dont talk like a fool. We have Mahinda Chindana

    Ganesh Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:08 AM

    Anybody who advises the country for good harmony and reconciliation is brazenly branded that they are in the pay list of diaspora This is the repeated phobia to some people to put their boot always in Tamils .

    Ganesh Saturday, 14 December 2013 03:13 AM

    What reconciliation process has been since Nay 2009 to be helped for your sake of writing some nonsense

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