Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Development toward a Solution of the Conflict in Sri Lanka

January 25, 2008

  1. On January 23, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, received and accepted the proposals for the devolution of power to provinces, which was developed by the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), appointed by the President to solve the conflict. The Government of Japan appreciates this as an important step toward the political solution of the conflict and sincerely hopes that the devolution will be duly implemented in accordance with the proposals.
  2. The Government of Japan notes that the final package for a lasting and durable solution will be formulated in APRC process soon. The Government of Japan strongly hopes that a final political solution will be achieved in a manner that all the parties concerned including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will be involved.
  3. The Government of Japan, by dispatching the Representative of the Government of Japan, Mr. Yasushi Akashi, to Sri Lanka from January 13th to 15th, reiterated its appeal to those concerned that efforts should be made not for a military solution but for a political solution through dialogue. The Government of Japan intends to observe closely the situation in Sri Lanka , and continue to support with the international community the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka toward the political solution of the conflict.

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