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TNA rejects Presidential Commission to probe war disappearances

2013 Jul 30

Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will not accept the proposed Presidential Commission to probe the disappeared during the period of the war.

TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran said that neither the TNA nor the Tamils would accept any commission or any reports on disappearances unless an impartial group of members are appointed to the commission.

He explained that the Tamil people needed to know the members of the commission since the likelihood was that the government would appoint either military officers or political henchmen who can be controlled by the President.

He also queried as to why the urgency to appoint such a commission since the government had not shown any interest in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations for the past two years.

According to Premachandran, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanetham Pillay is to visit Sri Lanka shortly and the Commonwealth Head of States are due to come to Sri Lanka in November.

"Since the government has deliberately failed to implement the LLRC recommendations over the past three years, they are now appointing commissions after commissions to show the world that they are implementing LLRC recommendations. Although the government can fool some, they cannot fool the Tamils or the International community," Premachandran said.

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