G.L. Pieris seeks Japanese aid for Sri lanka
G.L. Pieris who is the Trade Minister for Sri Lanka has sought aid from Japan to help the country recover from its ethnic conflict.
TOKYO (AFP) — Sri Lanka's trade minister on Wednesday sought Japan's help for its recovery from ethnic conflict, while reiterating his government's rejection of any probe into alleged human rights violations.
The Sri lanka Trade Minister said the government will not agree to an international probe on the deaths of the civilians who were killed in the fighting that took place between the Sri lanka militay and the LTTE.
At the news conference, the former chief negotiator in the country's peace process reiterated that Colombo has no plan to probe allegations that thousands of civilians died.
Asked if the Sri Lankan government is eventually willing to accept an international probe, Peiris said: "No, we don't regard that attitude as acceptable. That is some kind of inquisition."
The minister said outside parties should refrain from making things difficult for Sri lanka. He warned that such unnecessary pressure on the Sri Lankan government may even lead to a revival of terrorism in the country.
The minister said: "The world should not try to... emphasise everything that is negative, make things as difficult as possible for Sri Lanka, threaten economic sanctions."
Unnecessary pressure on the Sri Lankan government may even lead to a revival of terrorism in the country, he warned.
It is yet not known whether Sri Lanka will be given the IMF loan they sought but G. L. Pieris said Wednesday that the government expects the International Monetary Fund to soon approve its application for an emergency loan.
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Sri Lankan international trade minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris said Wednesday that the government expects the International Monetary Fund to soon approve its application for an emergency loan.
"We have every expectation that the first tranche will be delivered in the near future," Peiris said at a press conference in Tokyo during a trip to Japan.
Peiris' comments come as the government holds talks with the IMF for a $1.9 billion loan to help salve damage done to the country's export industry by the global financial crisis and to the broader economy by its recently ended civil war.