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Last updated: 12 December, 2007 - Published 18:15 GMT
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"President's blessings for peace summit"
Japanese special envoy Yashushi Akashi
Japanese special envoy, Yashushi Akashi says that even the greatest nations like United States have realised that it is not possible to impose their will upon others.

Envoy Akashi told religious leaders gathered at an international inter-faith summit held in Jaffna that a ceasefire is the first step in creating a favourable frame work for peace but has to go beyond ceasefire to achieve a political solution.

Former parliamentarian and a leading Buddhist monk, the Ven. Baddegama Samitha attending the summit told BBC Sandeshaya from Jaffna that the Japanese special envoy proposed to address the conflict in Sri Lanka with a new approach.

Japanese envoy Akashi had met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse in Japan last week.

The President has welcomed religious leaders in Sri Lanka meeting international religious dignitaries with a view to find ways towards an acceptable solution, Akashi said.

"A ceasefire is the first step in creating a durable framework for peace. But, it needs to go beyond the ceasefire for a political situation," he added.

The Japanese special envoy told the summit that he will take an extra effort to get the donor nations and the Norwegian facilitator active in Sri Lanka's peace process.

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