'LLRC proposals in four categories'
June 6, 2012
The government has explained to the United States (US) that the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) would be designated under four categories for implementation, Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday.

The categories are: Recommendations relating to; (1) national policy, (2) the final phase of the conflict, (3) human rights and security issues and (4) resettlement, development and humanitarian issues. Raising a question under Standing Order 23II, JVP parliamentary group leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake asked the government to place before the country what he called 'the action plan' discussed with US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on May 18.

Mr. Dissanayake said that the US-sponsored resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council had forced Sri Lanka to seek technical assistance from the international community in the implementation of the LLRC recommendations.

"After the adoption of the resolution, the Secretary of State invited the Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister to come to Washington along with the action plan for implementing the LLRC recommendations. After that a handful of influential persons started working out an action plan," he said.

In the absence of Prof. Peiris, the Leader of the House replied the JVP MP. He said that there was no action plan presented to the US authorities and that the government had only discussed its 'approach' to the implementation of the LLRC recommendations -- 135main recommendations and 285 sub areas.

The US, Mr. Silva said, had been told that some recommendations would be implemented through the Parliamentary Select Committee and others by the various relevant authorities.

"It was further explained that the recommendations would be dealt with under short, medium and long terms and implemented in a structured manner through prioritisation. These steps, therefore, are an approach to the implementations of the recommendations," he said.

Besides this, the US had been told that the implementation would be directed by the Presidential Secretariat under the purview of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he said.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka