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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Japan won't slash aid to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi returning in June with a new mission

Colombo, 29 May, ( Japanese Foreign Ministry announced that Japan will not scale down its aid to Sri Lanka. "Japan is not planning to re-consider aid to Sri Lanka" a Foreign Ministry Official said.

He added "Tokyo`s peace envoy to Sri Lanka, former UN assistant secretary-general Yasushi Akashi, would return to the island on a new mission by early June" he added.

Japan is the single largest donor to Sri Lanka, providing 63 percent of the international aid to the island in 2003.

Japan also organized a 2003 meeting that raised pledges of 4.5 billion dollars to rebuild Sri Lanka amid hopes then that the country could end three decades of ethnic bloodletting.
Human Rights Watch an international human rights group is lobbying Sri Lanka`s top donor Japan to exert greater pressure on the island nation to address spiraling violence.

`What we have asked Japan to do is take advantage of this position and its considerable leverage to firmly, strongly and regularly remind not just the government but other players involved of the obligations that they have to protect the civilians and human rights in general` said Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch.

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