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Deputy Secretary Armitage attends the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage attended the Tokyo Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka, June 9-10 in Tokyo. Deputy Secretary Armitage discussed reconstruction and rehabilitation assistance for Sri Lanka at the conference. The Deputy Secretary said the conference was important for the international community to demonstrate its solid support for the peace process and its full commitment to contribute to the reconstruction and development of all regions of the country, including the North and East, which has been devastated by nearly 20 years of conflict.

The Tokyo Conference offers a unique opportunity to highlight to all the people of Sri Lanka the benefits accruing from peace. The United States believes the Tokyo Conference should be held as scheduled notwithstanding the Tamil Tigers’ stated position not to participate, and agrees with the Government of Japan that if the conference were not held as scheduled, it would mean an irreparable loss to the long suffering people of Sri Lanka.

Remarks by Deputy Secretary Armitage
06/10/2003: Interview with CNN with Tokyo Bureau Chief Rebecca McKinnon
06/10/2003: U.S. Co-Chair Opening Remarks at Sri Lanka Donors' Conference
06/10/2003:   Interview with Sri Lanka Media (MTV and Tamil TV)
06/10/2003:   Interview with TBS-TV (Tokyo Broadcasting System)
06/10/2003:   Remarks at Concluding Plenary Session Conference on Reconstruction and Development of Sri Lanka
06/10/2003:   Remarks to Press after Meeting with Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Fukuda
06/09/2003:   Press Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan
06/09/2003:   Secretary of State's Award for Distinguished Service presented to Councillor Motoo Shiina
06/09/2003:   Statement on Sri Lanka Peace Process

Related Information
06/10/2003:  Interview of Ambassador Wills by BBC World Service Radio and TV
Pre-Tokyo Sri Lanka Seminar - April 14, 2003
Peace Process of Sri Lanka

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