Japanese Ambassador meets Thamilchelvan
[TamilNet, Monday, 22 December 2003, 13:47 GMT]
Mr.Akio Suda, the new Ambassador for Japan in Sri Lanka met with Head of the Political Wing of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the LTTE Peace Secretariat building in Kilinochchi Monday morning for discussions on current political situation and on support of the Japanese Government to the people of Vanni through United Nations agencies, LTTE peace secretariat website reported.
Mr. Kiichiro Isase, the third secretary of the Ambassador, also was part of the Japanese team that arrived in Kilinochchi by an Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) helicopter at 10.30am according to the report.
Thamilchelvan told the Ambassador that the LTTE is "exploring other alternatives to deliver the humanitarian assistance to the Tamil speaking people in the NorthEast," and that, "the current political crisis in the South should not hinder the reconstruction, resettlement activities in the NorthEast."
Secretary General of the LTTE Peace Secretariat, Mr. Pulithevan, also participated in the meeting.
The Ambassador appreciated LTTE's commitment to peace and encouraged the LTTE to continue to adhere to the Cease Fire Agreement.
The Ambassador also visited the proposed Kilinochchi Hospital site and teh UNHCR office as part of familiarization tour to acquaint himself with the humanitarian activities in Vanni.
Japanese Ambassador being welcomed by Thamilchelvan at the LTTE Peace Secretariat (Photo: LTTE peace secretariat website)