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* Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akashi to arrive in Sri Lanka Sunday
Fri, Dec 6, 2013, 11:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 06, Colombo: Yasushi Akashi, the representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka is to arrive in the island on Sunday for a six-day official visit.

Following on the successful conduct of the first Northern Provincial Council Elections in Sri Lanka, which was welcomed by Japan as a significant step forward in the national reconciliation process after many years of conflict, the Government of Japan has decided to dispatch Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka from 8th to 13th December 2013, a Japanese Embassy statement said.

During his stay, the peace envoy will call on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris.

He is also scheduled to meet government officials and representatives of the ruling and opposition parties as well as members of civil societies.

The peace envoy in his discussions will reiterate the importance of acting continuously to establish sustainable peace and national unity, the Embassy said.

This will be Akashi's 23rd visit to Sri Lanka since he assumed the post in 2002.

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