Assistance in Kind for the Afflicted People in Sri Lanka

October 31, 2006

  1. In response to an appeal from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Government of Japan, concerned about a large number of the afflicted people in Sri Lanka caused by the intensified violence, made a cabinet decision on October 31st (Tue) to provide assistance in kind for 10,000 people (10,000 sleeping mats, 10,000 water containers, and 4,000 plastic sheets) based on the International Peace Cooperation Law. This assistance in kind will be used for the humanitarian relief activities that UNHCR is conducting in northern and eastern Sri Lanka.
  2. The Government of Japan nominated Mr. Yasushi Akashi, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations as Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka, and has been providing active support for the peace process in Sri Lanka. The Government of Japan expects that this assistance in kind for the afflicted people in Sri Lanka will improve their living conditions and create an environment for peace negotiations through dialogue.
  3. Following the cabinet meeting, there will be a ceremony to hand over the materials to UNHCR in a stockpile base where the humanitarian relief supply goods are being kept in the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, at 11 a.m. this morning local time (Japan Time: 4 p.m.). This ceremony will be attended by the UNHCR officials, Japanese Government officials including Mr. Takuma Hatano, Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and those from the Cabinet Office, as well as the officials from the Government of Sri Lanka.
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