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'Govt. has accepted LLRC recommendations' Prof. Peiris briefs diplomatic community

'Govt. has accepted LLRC recommendations' Prof. Peiris briefs diplomatic community

2011 Feb 04

The Minister for External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris held a series of briefings at the Ministry of External Affairs on 1st and 2nd February for the Colombo-based Heads of Diplomatic Missions relating to the progress made by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) in implementing the interim recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). The Attorney General Mohan Pieris, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the IAC participated in the discussions.

Minister Peiris recalled that the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission had been established by President Mahinda Rajapaksa pursuant to the Warrant dated 15 May 2010 with a view to healing the wounds created in the minds of the people as a result of the protracted conflict in order to bring about reconciliation and unity among the people of Sri Lanka. The LLRC had commenced its public sittings on 11 August 2010.

On 13 Sept. 2010, the LLRC had submitted its interim recommendations, Prof. Peiris said. The interim recommendations were based on extensive testimony received by the LLRC during its interaction with affected civilians following field visits to several locations in the conflict-affected areas, including places of detention, rehabilitation and IDP welfare centres. According to the LLRC, the objective of the interim recommendations is to highlight issues which deserve the urgent attention of the GoSL.

The Minister stated that the Government of Sri Lanka in recognition of the importance of the issues highlighted by the LLRC endorsed the adoption of its recommendations. By Cabinet Paper dated 27 October 2010, the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) had been established to implement the recommendations of the LLRC through practical measures and to strengthen the related processes that are already underway, the diplomats were told.

The IAC consists of the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development, Secretary to the Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs and the Secretary to the Presidential Task Force. It is chaired by the Attorney General.

Minister Peiris told the diplomatic community that since its establishment, the IAC had met regularly under the chairmanship of the Attorney General to review and implement the recommendations of the LLRC. They related to measures to be adopted in the following broad areas.

Detention

Land issues

Law and Order

Administration and language issues

Socio-economic and livelihood issues

Minister Prof. Peiris and the Attorney General detailed the action taken by the IAC in each of the above areas to bring relief to civilians. The AG informed the heads of mission that he had personally visited the affected areas the previous week to review the progress that had been initiated by the IAC. The Attorney General also confirmed that shortly, the IAC would issue a detailed report of its progress so far and continue the process of implementation of the recommendations of the IAC, while awaiting the final report of the LLRC.

 

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