Japan abstained as vote would not help SL – Seiji Kihara on UN Resolution

Japan abstained as vote would not help SL – Seiji Kihara on UN Resolution

Written by Bella Dalima

10 May, 2014 | 10:22 pm

Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara says that Japan abstained from the vote on the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka as they decided it would not help the country.

He made this statement during his meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Friday. The Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs noted that upon consideration of the resolution on Sri Lanka moved at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, they were able to conclude that it would not aid in the development of Sri Lanka.

According to a media release issued by the Presidential Media Unit, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had urged the visiting Japanese Vice Minister to share this truth with the rest of the world.

He had also added that the Sri Lankan Government is in the process of implementing all demands made by sponsors of the resolutions except the international inquiry.

Japanese Parliamentary Vice Minister Kihara had assured Japan’s continued support to Sri Lanka at international fora. And noted that Japan is not ready to accept biased reports prepared by international bodies.

He also noted that Japan is confident that that Sri Lanka is capable of solving its problems, one at a time.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Bhutan Lyonpo Tobgye who arrived in Sri Lanka to attend the conference on Buddhist Jurisprudence met with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday. The visiting Chief Justice observed that Buddhist teachings and jurisprudence are compatible with democracy in all aspects.

Chief Justice Tobgye also congratulated President Rajapaksa for restoring peace in Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa meanwhile, proposed to explore the possibility of organising exchange and training programmes in the area of Buddhist Jurisprudence and noted that attention should be focussed on signing a MoU in this regard.

 


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