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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2679

Sri Lanka: Japan antagonized by LTTE refusal

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 09 September, ( Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi is unlikely to reconsider his 'lucky-unlucky' 13th visit to Sri Lanka anytime soon after being snubbed by LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran for the second consecutive time, sources said.

The scheduled visit which was initially dubbed as an unlucky 13th visit to the LTTE because Akashi was hoping to severely reprimand them its continuous atrocities, is likely to be reconsidered only after the co-chairs meeting scheduled for early September.

Sources however also claimed that Akashi was rather nervous with the prevailing tense situation in the country, which was another reason why he did not want to visit Sri Lanka, and would probably reconsider his decision to visit the country after everything calms down.

Japan is also reportedly losing its patience with the LTTE's continuous intransigence including their refusal to get back to the negotiation table. The Japanese government has also hinted at the possibility of taking drastic measures against the Tiger terrorists including a ban similar to the European Union action.

"LTTE leader Prabhakaran's refusal will further antagonize Japan," a source claimed.

- Asian Tribune -

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