UK calls on Sri Lanka to release war commission report

Nov 21, London: The United Kingdom today called on the Government of Sri Lanka to publicly release the report of its commission appointed to probe the decades-long armed conflict between the government forces and Tamil Tiger terrorists.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for South Asia of the British Government, Minister Alistair Burt today called on the Sri Lankan government to release the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee (LLRC) which was handed over to the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 20.

“Many hope this report will mark a significant milestone in Sri Lanka’s recovery from conflict, and I call on the Government of Sri Lanka to seize this important opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to national reconciliation and accountability,” Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said in a statement.

“Making the report public at the earliest opportunity is a vital part of this commitment and I look forward to the Government of Sri Lanka setting out the steps it will take in response to the report.”

Sri Lankan President has said that he will present the report to the parliament to make it a public document. The President has also assured to follow the recommendations by the LLRC.

The President has recently said that the government will take actions without shielding anyone if the LLRC finds any human rights violations during the war which ended in May 2009.

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