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External involvement at this stage will only confuse and complicate issues:" Ambassador Palitha Kohona
Statement by the Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe M.P.Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 19th Session of the UNHRC High Level Segment 27th February 2012, Geneva
I am honoured and privileged to be able to once again share with this august body, Sri Lanka’s experience in promoting and protecting the human rights of its people, in accordance with universally accepted standards.
Army commander appointed Court of inquiry probing into LLRC report observations in progress
Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the visit of
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa,
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to PakistanOn the invitation of President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency Asif Ali Zardari, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, paid a state visit to Pakistan from 10 to 12 February 2012.
The Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York organized an informal lunch time discussion on February 08, 2012, on the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) for interested States and organizations. There was a full house, consisting not only of diplomats but also of NGO representatives. They had previously hosted a discussion on the UN Secretary-General’s Panel report.
After Ambassador Paul Segar had introduced the speakers, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona outlined the key features and recommendations of the final report of the LLRC. In particular, he highlighted its recommendations and the commitment of the Government, as expressed in Parliament, to implement these recommendations.
He stated that several measures have already been taken towards implementing these recommendations, despite the time and resource constraints faced by the country.
The full text of the comments made by Dr. Kohona is given below.
February 08, 2012
THE LLRC – Some comments on the Report
Delivered at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland
Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona
Permanent Representative to the United Nations
On May 15, 2010, President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC). Hardly 15 months after the end of the conflict, this independent body, commenced hearings on 11 August 2010. These hearings were open to the public. Many of the sessions of the LLRC were observed by Colombo based diplomats and the media. The LLRC collected evidence from hundreds of witnesses, had sittings in many parts of the country and even invited AI, HRW and ICG to present evidence, which they, regretfully declined to do. The Commission submitted its Report on 20 November 2011 and it was subsequently tabled in Parliament. It is now a public document. The Government has categorically stated that it will implement its recommendations.