Sri Lanka

Japan appeals for Sri Lanka aid

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Japan's special peace envoy has called for more international aid to help sustain Sri Lanka's peace bid.

Speaking after a three-day visit, Yasushi Akashi said Japan and Norway would play a complementary role in facilitating the peace process.

He said he will travel to other countries, including the United States and India, in a bid to attract donations to help rebuild Sri Lanka.

The former UN diplomat said the peace process in Sri Lanka was progressing well.

Mr Akashi said he was initiating a study to identify the needs of the entire country before Tokyo arranges a conference for international aid donors in June.

The Colombo government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have been observing a Norwegian-brokered truce since February last year and have held four rounds of formal peace talks.

More talks will be held in Thailand next month, before a sixth round in Japan in March.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation