National action plan a cosmetic exercise: TNA
July 27, 2012
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said yesterday it had no faith in the government’s national action plan to implement recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) as it did not address the volatile ground situation. It charged that the action plan did not resolve issues that needed immediate attention by the government and made only for the consumption of the international community.

TNA spokesman, Suresh Premachandran, said the plan stipulated unrealistic time periods to implement recommendations made by the LLRC. The party also charged that there was no proper institution appointed by the government to look into the implementation of the plan.

“Issues such as land grabbing, disappearances and resettlement are some issues the government needs to look into immediately,” Mr. Premachandran said.

He said though the government claimed that close to 60 per cent of the IDPs were resettled it had been in a haphazard manner. “There are many more to be resettled and that too has to be done in a proper manner” Mr. Premachandran said and added that with regard to disappearances, the action plan stipulated a five-year period to look into the matter.

“The relatives of those missing will first have to give details which will then go through the Attorney General’s Department and the Army before they are given any relief,” he said.

“Apart from this we have also complained about the land grabbing situation in Jaffna to the government many times but no action has been taken,” Mr. Premachandran said.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka