Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi will arrive in the Sri Lanka today. His visit concerns the recent developments in the country with regards to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report and the release of the National Action Plan on Human Rights, according to the Japanese Embassy in Colombo. He will remain in the Sri Lanka till the end of the week. The national action plan to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission has been also released recently. During his stay, Mr. Akashi will meet SL government officials and representatives of the ruling and opposition parties as well as members of civil societies, and emphasize the importance of national reconciliation toward the establishment of lasting peace. He is also scheduled to visit the Northern Province of Sri Lanka to study the latest developments in the conflict-stricken zone. For Mr. Akashi, this will be the 22nd visit to Sri Lanka since he assumed the post in 2002. Meanwhile, the Japanese government handed over a 11.7 million rupee ($90,000) grant to a community development organization to revive agro-based livelihoods in the conflict affected Vavuniya district, in the north of the island. People’s Livelihood Development Foundation (PLDF) Monday received the 11.7 million rupee grant under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) The project will benefit 625 resettled families in Vavuniya, the Japanese embassy releasing statement said]]>

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