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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

Akashi envisages a greater Indian role

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Colombo, 11 May, ( India has been invited to take up an active role in next donor co chair meeting scheduled for the end of this month, Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi said.

"Invitation is out. I think, India is examining it in a positive light,"

Akashi told reporters here, but he cautioned that it is up to New Delhi to decide whether they take up the role.

But, about the co chairs, consisting Japan, Norway, US and EU, the Japanese envoy said,” co-chairs would be flexible. They will adopt procedures which India will find acceptable and comfortable."

Akashi who wrapped up his four- day visit to the island would proceed to New Delhi tomorrow to brief the Indian officials on his visit and to discuss the nature of role India would like to play.

He is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit.

In the formation of the Donor Co Chairs, India initially declined an invitation to be a member there, preferring to have a hands-off approach to her neighbor’s ethnic conflict.

- Asian Tribune -

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