2. The holding of this session of the Peace Talks in Japan was agreed upon between Mr. Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan, and Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, when the latter visited Japan in December last year.
3. The Government of Japan has been assisting Sri Lanka's efforts for its "Consolidation of Peace," upon the request of the Government of Sri Lanka. It is expected that Sri Lanka's peace process will make further progress through the sixth round of the Peace Talks.