LLRC recommendations not a blanket solution to all issues – Govt

* Constitution and Parliament has to be consulted


By Zacki Jabbar

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations were only a guideline and not "a blanket solution" to all issues confronting the country, the government said yesterday.

Responding to questions at yesterday’s post-Cabinet Press briefing regarding the non implementation of key LLRC proposals nearly two and a half years after it was presented to Parliament, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella replied "All what is said in the LLRC Report cannot be accepted as the one and only remedy to various problems faced by the country."

There were certain areas where the LLRC recommendations could be applied, but not with regard to all National issues. Sri Lanka had a constitution and far reaching amendments could be done only with recourse to it and parliament, the Minister pointed out.

Among the key recommendations of the LLRC Report was the re-establishment of the Independent Commissions which were scrapped with the abolition of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, a Witness Protection Act and an independent inquiry into allegations of human rights violations by the State and the LTTE.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the "Victory Day" celebrations in Matara on Saturday, to mark the fifth anniversary of the defeat of the LTTE said that the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) was the proper forum to discuss all national issues.

The Tamil National Alliance and the UNP have refused to participate in the PSC stating that the issues that led to a thirty year war had been discussed for decades and the solutions were staring in the face. They have called on the government to place its devolution proposals on the table, if a response was required from them.

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