1 October, 2020

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Colombo Changing Tack On LLRC? – THE HINDU

By R. K. RADHAKRISHNAN –

A mere four days after a resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council wanted Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of a commission that went into issues of reconciliation, a senior Minister has said the commission had gone beyond its mandate.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, who had presented the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission to Parliament and assured on the floor of the House its implementation, said on Monday the LLRC went beyond its mandate. “Careful consideration would be given before implementing the recommendations proposed by the LLRC,” he said at a press conference organised by the External Affairs Ministry and attended by the team comprising at least six Ministers which went to Geneva.

Sri Lanka’s stand so far has been that it had set up three committees to implement the recommendations of the LLRC report. Its Army has instituted a Court of Inquiry to probe the alleged cases of human rights violations. It argued before the UNHRC that sufficient time should be given to implement the recommendations. It said the report was submitted to the government only in November 2011 and it was presented to Parliament in December the same year. Hardly three months had passed and the government was serious about implementing the report, Sri Lanka told the world.

The Minister’s assertion indicates a change of stance on the implementation of the report. Sri Lanka is also yet to implement the interim recommendations of the commission, which was submitted more than a year before the final report was handed over to the President.

Instead, Mr. Srirpala wanted the Tamil National Alliance to participate in the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee to evolve a national consensus on a political solution of the ethnic problem.

The TNA is against this as it will be a minority in the PSC and the outcome of such a body would not be favourable for the Tamils of the Northern Province.

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    We know the ruling regime wont implement, because rule of law is mentioned in a clause ,which is an obstacle for their 3rd term.

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      An overwhelming majority of Srilankans feel that the LLRC is a non event.If it’s to make any headway then,events that took place during the last twenty years should be investigated.

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    SL government itself created a monster called ‘LTTE’ through its atrocities and now it has killed the moster and boasts about it. Can any right minded person expect the SL government to confess how it killed the self-made moster who blew out propotion. LLRC is a farce and its recommendations will never be respected or implemented.

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    LLRC has proven catspaw of the so called International community.
    That is US changed its priority in the Resolution.
    The Sinhala Nation is committed to see its recommendationa are
    thrqwn into the waste paper basket

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    LLRC was always a delaying tactic, nothing more.

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