Japan assists conflict affected in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO: Responding to an appeal from the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Government of Japan
decided to provide 10,000 sleeping mats, 10,000 water containers, and
4,000 plastic sheets based on the International Peace Cooperation Law.
This assistance will be used for humanitarian relief activities in
Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka. The Government of Japan has nominated
Yasushi Akashi, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations as
Representative of Japan for 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 for the affected
people in Sri Lanka will improve their living conditions and contribute
to create an environment for peace through dialogue.
Following the Cabinet meeting a ceremony was held yesterday to hand
over the materials to UNHCR at a stockpile base where the humanitarian
relief supply goods of Japan are being kept in the Emirates of Sharjah
and United Arab Emirates.
The ceremony was attended by the UNHCR officials, Japanese Government
officials including Takuma Hatano, Ambassador to the United Arab
Emirates, and those from the Cabinet office and M.N. Junaid, Ambassador
of Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates.
These humanitarian aid will be delivered to Sri Lanka and distributed
among the afflicted people by the UNHCR in cooperation with the Nation
Building and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry of Sri Lanka.