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* Japan to assist Sri Lanka police in reconciliation efforts
Mon, Mar 29, 2010, 11:45 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 29, Colombo: A Japanese delegation including a high-ranking police official is to visit Sri Lanka today to assess how to help the Sri Lankan police to overcome ethnic differences and support reconciliation efforts.

A delegation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) along with a former high-ranking official from the Fukui prefectural police is to visit Sri Lanka from Monday to assess ways to provide assistance, Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun reported.

The government is weighing how to help police in Sri Lanka overcome ethnic differences that are hindering reconciliation in the aftermath of a civil war that ended last year, the report said.

According to the Asahi Shimbun report, retired Japanese police officers will likely be tasked with helping Sri Lanka police to create organizational structures that deal with cases fairly and create closer ties with local neighborhoods.

The Japanese government in the past has provided similar assistance to police in the Philippines and Indonesia.

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