Japanese special peace envoy meets Buddhist prelates
[TamilNet, Thursday, 13 February 2003, 06:50 GMT]
The Japanese special peace envoy Mr. Yasusi Akashi arrived Colombo
Wednesday early morning on a four-day visit. He immediately rushed to
Kandy, capital of the central province and held vital discussions with the
Mahanayake Theras of Malwatte Chapter Venerable Vipassi and Venerable
Palipane Buddharakita Thera, sources said.
Japanese special envoy told the Buddhist prelates that Tokyo Aid Conference
scheduled to be held in June would focus the entire island without any
priority to any parts of it.
He told prelates to submit their suggestions to be placed at the Tokyo Aid
conference, sources said. Japanese peace envoy expressed his happiness over
the blessing of the prelates for the success of the peace process.
The Buddhist prelates told the Japanese special envoy that they welcomed
the Japanese efforts to support the peace process. However the development
mechanism formulated with the foreign assistance should be undertaken on
equal treatment of north and south of the country, prelates stressed.
Sri Lanka's Defence Minister Mr.Tilak Marapane accompanied Japanese
special envoy to Kandy. The Diyawadane Nilame of Kandy Dalada Maligawe
Mr.Niranjan Wijeratne participated at the discussion with the Mahanayake
Theras, sources said.
"My country is engaged in the island's peace process accepting the
invitation extended by President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge and Prime
Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe," said Mr. Akashi at the discussion with
the Buddhist prelates.
He further said his second visit to Sri Lanka is to hold intensive
discussions with government and political leaders regarding the forthcoming
Tokyo Aid Conference, sources said.
Meanwhile the meeting of the Sub Committee of Immediate Humanitarian
Assistance scheduled to be held in Trincomalee on February 14 and 15 has
been postponed for February 27 and 28, sources said.