Created: Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Inter-Advisory Committee to facilitate early implementation
From the Official Website of the Government of Sri Lanka (http://www.priu.gov.lk)
Approval has been granted by the Cabinet to set up an Inter-Agency Advisory Group (IAAG) to facilitate the early implementation of the interim recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
The interim recommendations of the LLRC seek measures for speedy disposal of cases relating to persons in detention, in keeping with the due process, and to keep family members informed in the event of the change of location of detainees.
Among the issues relating to land in the former conflict areas is the possibility of an assurance that private land may not be used by any government agencies.
The recommendations of LLRC seek priority to strengthening law and order in former conflict areas and for this purpose where necessary disarming of any remaining armed groups carrying illegal weapons.
Administrative changes relating to use of one's language in business with government and other administrative changes to facilitate closer interaction between people and government authorities have also been recommended.
IAAG is also expected to encourage socio-economic progress, facilitate livelihood efforts through improvement in coordination and communication among relevant agencies, while also providing greater opportunity for people's participation in economic and related activities through easy access to the A9 road.
It is noted that the interim recommendations of LLRC echo the policies of the government regarding the return of normalcy in the North and East and progressive reduction of land in these areas retained as High Security Zones.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa in May 2010 appointed the eight-member Commission to report on the lessons to be learnt from the events in the period from 21st February 2002 to 19th May 2009. The Commission is chaired by the former Attorney General Chitta Ranjan de Silva, held its first public sitting on August 11. It has since gathered evidence from nay witnesses both in Colombo and in the former conflict affected areas visited by it.