President to implement LLRC’s interim recommendations soon


By Shamindra Ferdinando

Sri Lanka is taking immediate steps to implement the key proposals made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) amidst mounting international pressure on the government to cooperate with an ongoing UN inquiry into alleged war crimes during the final phase of the Eelam war IV.

Authoritative sources say an Inter-Agency Advisory Group (IAAG) is expected to be established soon to facilitate the early implementation of the LLRC’s proposals. Sources say the government could handle post-war issues on its own without advice from countries with vested interests.

Responding to a query by The Island, an official au fait with the LLRC process said that the proposal to set up an IAAG was now before the Cabinet.

The LLRC, headed by former Attorney General C. R. de Silva, has recommended urgent steps to tackle the language and land issues, disarming of all armed groups, special mechanism to handle cases of LTTE detainees and ways and means of giving their families access to them.

The LLRC began its sittings on August 11 and is expected to finalise the final report in six months.

Sources told The Island that the government would act on the LLRC’s interim recommendations, though some of those who had turned a blind eye to LTTE atrocities over the years declared that the LLRC couldn’t be expected to act independently.

The Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group recently turned down an invitation to testify before the Commission.

Sources said that the appointment of an inter-agency body to tackle contentious issues would facilitate ongoing government efforts to tackle post-LTTE issues.

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