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Lessons learnt Commission commenced work from Kadirgamar Institute

Lessons learnt Commission commenced work from Kadirgamar Institute

The Commission on "Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation" which will function from the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo has already taken steps to commence initial work, in keeping with the wide mandate issued to them to ensure independent functioning.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with the Members of the Commission on "Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation" at Temple Trees yesterday evening (June 04). It would be recalled that the President himself presented the Cabinet Memorandum for the establishment of the Commission which was then approved by the Cabinet of Ministers at their meeting on May 12, 2010.

The President recalled that on the 5th of June 2009, less that a month after the end of the conflict situation, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka in his remarks at the interactive briefing of the UN Security Council had informed that "I have been advised to state that the Government is in the process of initiating a domestic mechanism for fact finding and reconciliation." President Rajapaksa expressed the view that the current situation of post-conflict stability in the country, as well as, the strong mandate received by the Government at the Presidential and Parliamentary elections, makes it especially opportune for the taking of the necessary steps to implement the intent conveyed by the Permanent Representative last year.

The attention of the Commissioners was drawn to the vigorous programme of reconstruction and development as well as of the restoration of democracy, now being implemented in the conflict affected areas. At the same time, the almost three decade long situation of conflict and its widespread attendant violence would have caused great hurt to the people of Sri Lanka. The Commission has therefore, the President said, the responsibility of acting in a forward looking manner, through focus on restorative justice designed to further strengthen national amity. The President expressed his strong confidence that the Commissioners who have been selected on their integrity and eminence would utilize their wide ranging mandate to fulfill this objective, while always safeguarding the dignity of Sri Lanka.

The Commissioners were also briefed on the financial, organizational; and secretarial support already put in place, to enable the Commission to commence functioning forthwith, and were told the premises of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies in Colombo, will be made available for its work.

The Commissioners in turn expressed their appreciation to the President, for the trust reposed in them. They welcomed the provision of the necessary organizational support and informed that they had already taken steps to commence work.

The Chairman of the Commission the Hon. C. R de Silva Esq, and Commission Members Mr. HMGS Palihakkara, Mrs. Manohari Ramanathan, Mr. Maxwell Paranagama and Mr. Chandirapal Chanmugam were present at the meeting with the President. The officials in present included the Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and the Secretary, External Affairs Mr. Romesh Jayasinghe.

Courtesy : PRIU

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