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A Commission to be appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa will probe violations if any, of internationally accepted norms of conduct during the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka and the circumstances that may have led to such actions, and identify any persons or groups responsible for such acts.

The President’s media unit said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will shortly appoint a Commission to report on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation with regard to the difficulties and troubled times that Sri Lanka had to undergo due to the terrorist inspired, manoeuvred and created conflict situation in recent years.

The President is of the view that the situation today provides an opportune moment to reflect on the recent conflict phase and the sufferings the country has gone through, in keeping with the common aspirations of all people in their resolve to have an assured era of peace, harmony and prosperity.

This inquiry stems from the President’s overriding interest in the need for restorative justice by the Sri Lankan people. Its findings will seek to take the Sri Lankan nation towards the common goals of a multi-ethnic polity, in a spirit of cooperation, partnership and friendship, learning the lessons from recent history to ensure that there will be no recurrence of such tragic conflict in the future.

In assessing the Lessons Learnt from the recent conflict phase there will be the search for any violations of internationally accepted norms of conduct in such conflict situations, and the circumstances that may have led to such actions, and identify any persons or groups responsible for such acts.

It is also expected that recommendations would be sought on the nature of compensation to be granted to the victims or their dependents who have suffered in this conflict situation, as well as the institutional, administrative and welfare measures already taken in the post-conflict phase, and should be further taken in order to effect reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation.

The legislative and administrative measures that may be necessary in order to prevent such situations in the future, and to promote national unity and reconciliation among all communities will also be part of the mandate given by the President.

The Commission on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation will comprise seven eminent Sri Lankans from here and abroad and its Terms of Reference are to be Gazetted in the next few days, the President’s media unit said. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:42 AM

    Good one....

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:44 AM

    Mani, if you know the outcome of the previous commissions, you will not comment like this.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:52 AM

    Why not appoint another Commission to go into all previous commissions and come out with a report with the outcome of those previous commissions.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:58 AM

    MR.PRESIDENT- INCLUDE A NEUTRAL JUDGE MAY BE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY- LIKE- FRANCE/NETHERLANDS ETC

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:32 PM

    This is obviously a step in the right direction. The President is doing this with noble intentions and a vision. The real challenge, in this regard, no doubt, lies in locating and appointing eminently suitable individuals as members of the Commission. Let us hope that the President will meet that challenge successfully, for the good of the country.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:44 PM

    A truly courageous and statesmanlike course of action, for which the President deserves our commendation and support!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:27 PM

    I agree! A government commission's, investigating the war, is a conflict of interest, as the government was part of the war. An independent external commission is required!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:27 PM

    The main culprit would be Gen. Sarath Fonseka.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:47 PM

    Why a Muslim for the Tamil-Mirror? He does not know proper Tamil (words)!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 01:07 AM

    It is essential for us as a nation to understand the magnitude of the prevailing concerns, particularly at international level, related to the concluding phase of the armed conflict. The importance of addressing these concerns and establishing the real truth, with recourse to an acceptable mechanism, surrounding the relevant issues should require no elabortion. Unless this is done, many interested parties both at national and global level motivated by their own hidden agendas will take advantage of the situation to casuse harm to the image and interests of the country.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 02:33 AM

    In Srilanka resettlement of a family means providing 6 Tin sheets and dry ration packs for 3 months, so you can guess about this proposed commission its going to be an eye wash

    Friday, 07 May 2010 02:59 AM

    First appoint a commission to find out what happened to the earlier commission!!!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 03:59 AM

    Well said President. A thorough investigation covering all aspects will clear the air and will keep your non-biased attitude high. Cheers to the President!

    Raga

    Friday, 07 May 2010 04:23 AM

    SF, now you can get ready to answer the war crime allegation by this commission. You have asked for it. Good luck general.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 08:45 AM

    SET A THIEF TO CATCH A THIEF

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 08:53 AM

    This is the best way to prevent terrorism raising its head again

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:02 AM

    Now more and more commission. Will it be an another nawalapitiya like commission and the same result. why not we have another commission to deal with raising cost of living in Sri Lanka?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:04 AM

    Mr. Retired General Sarath Fonseka, get ready to answer "shooting of white flag waving LTTE leaders" allegations!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:05 AM

    Another trick to get GSP+ ?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:06 AM

    This is only eye-wash to get GPS+ . The fate of this commission will be similar to the international group of eminent persons appointed previously.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:10 AM

    This is excellent and what a surprise! Sir, you have a unique vision and if you implement it in that manner you will set an indelible print in the history of Sri Lanka and world over and be remembered as a great statesman and undoubtedly a Nobel prize winner. So, in the interest of the country why don't you go ahead with your vision! But please appoint a commission that will come out with genuine proposals. All the best to you sir.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:14 AM

    may be so, but it is in the right directiuon

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:23 AM

    So what's wrong, even if it is a trick?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:30 AM

    What happend to the earlier commisions, including the one who wanted to probe Moothor Aid workers massacre?

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 09:30 AM

    Good on you President. Put SF permanently behind bars for what he has done during the final stages of the war. Again I salute you for the decision.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:05 AM

    When dealing with terrorism sometime bypassing these laws are inevitable in order to wipe them out!

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:06 AM

    Just another Commision. NO actions

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:13 AM

    When a war is waged amongst Terrorists who takes cover under civilians excesses bound to happen not only in S.L.but any other country in the universe. Eg :- Afganistan,Gaza.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:13 AM

    Another Baila session

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 04:20 PM

    These commissions are eye wash to cover up criminals

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:20 AM

    The commission will find out that its SF whos behind all the war crimes and the story end there.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:26 AM

    All you people are only waiting to criticise. You don't even appreciate the good things. Typical Sri Lankans without any gratitute. It is a very good thing that the President has done. He needs to be congratulated.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:28 AM

    This is a double edged sword. The GSP+ guys might accuse that the General is in military custody over this issue.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:33 AM

    In recent times Sri Lanka is doing everything possible to attract EU members to get GSP + approved.Let's wait and see.Good for the country and people.

    Thursday, 06 May 2010 05:11 PM

    Here president want to set a thief to save a thief


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