Lankan Govt strong, will resolve ethnic issue - Japanese MPs
Colombo: The Japanese Government believes that the Sri Lankan
Government is strong and capable of resolving the ethnic problem, a
Japanese Parliamentary delegation has told President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Hosei Norota, Member of the House of Representatives and Chairman of
the Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentarians’’ Friendship Association and former
Minister of Defence, has told President Rajapaksa that Sri Lanka was
progressing rapidly with a strong economic framework. The delegation
said they toured the East and saw the smiles of Easterners.
The Government would be able to solve the ethnic issue under the
President’s strong leadership, they said, commending the Government for
restoring normality to the area and expediting development.
They pledged Japan’s fullest cooperation for rural development as
envisaged by the President. Japan is fully committed to the restoration
of peace in Sri Lanka, they added.
President Rajapaksa pointed out that Sri Lanka and Japan were
enjoying excellent diplomatic and people-to-people ties. He recalled
that the present Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda had also toured
Sri Lanka as the Chairman of the Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentarians’
Friendship Association. This visit too will bolster the ties between the
He thanked the delegation for visiting the East and assured that the
Government would restore democracy to the North as well.