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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Tokyo conference on Sri Lanka to meet after EU’s ban on the LTTE

Colombo, 28 May, ( Tokyo donor conference on Sri Lanka gains added importance, as it is expected to convene just a day after the proposed ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by the European Union.

Extra-importance is added to the co-chairs’ meeting, which is expected to discuss the international political ramifications that may arise in case the 25-member country of the European Union decides to ban the Sri Lanka terrorists outfit on 29 of this month as being widely expected.

At the proposed extraordinary meeting of the four Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Conference on the Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka, the participants are expected to exchange views at the backdrop of the prevailing precarious warlike situation in Sri Lanka where LTTE is engaged in a low intensity war with the Sri Lanka Government, the peace processes, on the future responses and also about other issues.

The conference is scheduled for 30 May at Tokyo and Mr. Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Sri Lanka, Mr. Erik Solheim, Minister of Development Cooperation of Norway, Mr. Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State, State Department, and Mr. Herve Jouanjean, Deputy Director-General, European Union (EU) Commission for External Relations are expected to attend.

According to the Akira Chiba Assistant Press Secretary, Foreign Ministry of Japan, “As it has been about three years since the launch of the conference, there will also be a wide-ranging exchange of views from a mid- and long-term standpoint on such matters as the future roles of the four co-chairs, cooperation with other countries concerned, support for the northern and eastern regions, and the role of civil society. “

The meeting, which is held regularly with the participation of the three countries and one organization that co-chair the Tokyo Conference, will evaluate the progress of Sri Lanka's peace process and will discuss international assistance.

Norwegian Minister for International Development Mr. Erik Solheim, who arrived in Colombo on Friday, left for New Delhi to brief the Indian leaders is expected to leave for Tokyo today.

- Asian Tribune -

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