Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the election for the Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka
1. Japan welcomes that, on September 21, the first election for the Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka was conducted in a largely peaceful manner. This is a significant step forward in the national reconciliation process after many years of conflict.
2. Japan hopes that Sri Lanka will make steady progress toward national reconciliation, and intends to continue to support the efforts by those concerned for achieving this goal.