Sri Lanka nationalist party to closely watch how government implements LLRC recommendations

Jan 01, Colombo: A key coalition partner of Sri Lanka’s governing United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the Sinhala nationalist party Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), says the party would closely monitor how the government planned to implement the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

JHU Secretary and Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka has said the recommendations should be implemented according to the will of the people and not due to external pressure.

He has observed that a large number of Sri Lankans, especially, the war heroes have sacrificed their lives to bring about the peace enjoyed by the country at present and the JHU was not going to bring dishonor to their memories.

The Minister has noted that the party respected the LLRC report since it was presented by an independent commission, but the government needed to be careful in implementing the recommendations.

According to Ranawaka, the LLRC has over stepped its mandate by speaking about an ethnic issue when the Commission was given a specific time period to look into, which was between February 2002 and May 2009. The commission has gone on to speak about power devolution, which is not part of its duties.

Another shortcoming in the LLRC according to the Minister was its failure to speak about the families of persons killed by the LTTE.

He has added that the plight of the Sinhalese had been ignored by the LLRC in its report.

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