Sri Lanka’s Reconciliation Commission not to comment on UN Experts Panel report

Apr 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has said that it was unaware of the measures the government would take in response to the UN Experts Panel report on Sri Lanka, but the Commission is in the process of preparing its final report.

LLRC Media Spokesperson Lakshman Wickremasinghe has told the media that the LLRC has commenced work on the report to be presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa but could not specify as to when the report would be completed. The term of the LLRC is to end on May 15.

Members of the government have said that the government would respond to the Experts Panel report after the LLRC releases its final report.

The members of LLRC have meanwhile, decided not to participate in any committee that the government would appoint to respond to the UN Experts Panel report.

The LLRC has said that although it has commenced writing the first draft of the report, it was also filling some gaps, which requires the commission to meet with some of those who had made submissions earlier to the LLRC again.

According to the Spokesperson, the Commission is still analyzing and collecting data for the report.

From the evidence the Commission gathered so far, the LLRC has suggested immediate administrative measures to ease the lives of resettled Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and all people living in the former war-battered areas.

President Rajapaksa in May 2010 appointed the eight-member Commission to report on the lessons to be learnt from the events during the period from 21st February 2002 to 19th May 2009. The Commission is chaired by the former Attorney General Chitta Ranjan de Silva.

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