STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS ON THE JOINT LETTER BY INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
The attention of the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) is drawn to the joint letter addressed by the International Crisis Group (ICG), Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on 14 October 2010, to the Secretary of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). It is observed that the joint letter contains a series of unsubstantiated allegations against the GoSL on a wide range of issues, including matters unrelated to the purview of the Commission. This, as well as the unusual decision of the three Organisations to release the joint letter to the public, is demonstrative of a broader targeted agenda against the GoSL.
LETTER ADDRESSED TO INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP,HUMAN RIGHS WATCH AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BY SECRETARY TO LESSONS LEARNT AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION.
Judge us on performance, not prejudice – LLRC to AI, HRW and ICG
The independence and impartiality of the [Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation] Commission in all fairness must be judged by the performance of the Commission and not on the basis of pre-conceived notions.
An exclusive interview with Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris.
Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs Gamini Lakshman Peiris says the Tamils at home and abroad are responding favourably to the sincere efforts President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government has been making to improve their lot since the so-called Eelam War IV ended 17 months ago.
In an exclusive interview to this writer in New Delhi on Thursday, October 14, he said: “The Tamils' response has been good. They are coming on board.”