Senior Adviser on Foreign Policy in Japan Yasushi Akashi has said that the international community should await the findings of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and not jump the gun by creating various issues.
Mr. Akashi said any inquiry into the last days of the conflict should be conducted locally. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission is such a body. Therefore, he said that anyone who has representations should direct them to this Commission. Mr. Akashi, who was also Japan’s Special Representative to Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka, was delivering the keynote address at the 16th Joint Committee of the Sri Lanka Business Co-operation Meeting held in Tokyo. He opined that the LTTE was a ruthless terrorist organization and should not be equated in status to a sovereign state such as Sri Lanka. Such an equation is not only unjustified but would pose a threat to the global fight against terrorism and also the many meeting that the terrorist outfit sabotaged.
Referring to the Darusman Report, he said it became clear that pages of the NGO report had been reproduced as original writings of the Commissioners. Therefore professional study of the report submitted to the Secretary General when compared with the documents of relevant NGOs would show that there was much copying and passing off of other people’s writings as the views of the Commissioners. He also said the global community should help Sri Lanka to look to the future.