Sri Lanka will take action if reconciliation commission finds human right violations

Nov 12, Addu: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that his government will take actions without shielding anyone if the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by him finds any human rights violations during the war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

In an interview with India’s NDTV, the President has said that he will make the report of the LLRC public on November 19th after he tables the report in the parliament to make it a public document.

“If they endorse it, we will have to take action. I am not going to shield anyone. I don’t want to shield anyone,” the President has told the interviewer when questioned whether he is afraid the Commission will endorse charges of human rights violations.

Addressing the issue of alleged attacks on Indian fishermen, the President had said that Sri Lanka over the last year had to fight off over 40,000 Indian boats intruding into the Sri Lankan waters.

Although it’s a problem for Sri Lanka, the fishermen were never arrested because of a request made by the Indian Prime Minister.

The President has pointed out that while India is concerned over the resettlement and living conditions of Jaffna Tamils, the Indian fishermen are stealing their livelihood and depriving them of their rights.

He has suggested the Indian fishermen to meet the Tamil fishermen from Sri Lanka for discussions and settle the issue without governments getting involved.

Speaking of the reconciliation process, the President had said that the government has started a dialogue with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

President Rajapaksa has criticized that the TNA is travelling to other countries seeking solutions and canvassing themselves for internal matters without discussing with the government.

He has noted that there are 23 political parties in Sri Lankan parliament and the government had appointed a Parliament Select Committee to achieve a solution to the ethnic issue but the TNA is yet to name their representation to the committee .

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