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The US government has welcomed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s intention to establish a Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation to examine key aspects of the recently ended conflict in Sri Lanka and added that the findings of the commission should be made public.

Susan E. Rice, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in a statement said that experience in other countries has shown that commissions of inquiry can play a valuable role in advancing accountability when they are appropriately constituted and enjoy broad public support.

She added that particularly important in this regard, broad experience has shown that to be effective in advancing accountability and reconciliation, commission members should be and be perceived as independent, impartial and competent; their mandate should enable them fully to investigate serious allegations of violations and to make public recommendations; commission members and potential witnesses must enjoy adequate and effective protection; the commission must receive adequate resources to carry out its mandate; and the Government should undertake to give serious consideration to its recommendations.

“We hope the commission will also reflect the desires and requests of the citizens of Sri Lanka, who were the primary victims of the conflict. Being responsive to their needs will be an important measure of the commission’s success. In light of these general principles, we would welcome the Sri Lankan Government's commitment to give the Commission on Lessons Learned and Reconciliation a mandate to probe violations of international standards during the final stages of the conflict and to identify those responsible and, we would expect, to make appropriate public recommendations based on its findings,” the US envoy to the UN said.

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  • Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:21 AM

    See who is talking.Typical US Mentality.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:34 AM

    Getting the truth from GOSL is like trying to get water from rock.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:43 AM

    It's a day dream of US. The world may end but report from commissions unlikely.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 04:49 AM

    Madam, you are asking for the impossible! If we went by your rules, the LTTE would have never been wiped out. If the worldwide terrorism is resolved, none of these organisations would exist. THe more there are such problems in the world, the more you are better off!!

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:10 AM

    It will be like pulling teeth.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:24 AM

    For more than 6 decades, the darling of Uncle Sam, Israel, has been committing the worst human rights violations and has contemptuously rejected several UN Security Council Resolutions including those supported by the US. Did Uncle Sam ever bother to lecture to their darling? No Uncle Sam only knows to defend or turn a blind eye to the brutal suppression and oppression of defenceless men, women and children in Palestine which started even before Sri Lanka got her independence.

    Why don't Susan save the words of advice to the Israelis?

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:31 AM

    the truth is Gosl crushed the most ruthless child killers in the world -LTTE. they are not answerable to anyone else.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:38 AM

    Ms.Susan, b4 u can qualify to ask us, can u appoint a commission for the atrocities you have committed in Vietnam / Iraq /Afghanistan /Philippines /Palestine etc… make those public & then we will follow. Also the cruel bombing of hospitals in Afgan where over 100 died & us just said sorry?

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 05:59 AM

    Transparency & accountability is absolutely essential for a Subha Anagathayak.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 06:11 AM

    ultimately that report will say there are no culprits.That's Sri Lanka.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 06:50 AM

    I am surprised who is making the request!!!

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 08:02 AM

    Yeah the whole world takes seriously anything our politicians say

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 08:40 AM

    Nearly 5 million Jews were killed because of simply being 'Jews'. Only after this that the Jews decided to re-take the land which they had occupied for thousands of years before. Only two years ago, Iran publicly said it wants to drops a neuclear bomb on Israel and kill all the Jews. So the hatred towards being a Jew has not ended. Therefore, the little nation of Israel will have to fight just to survive. Gusty people.

    Tuesday, 11 May 2010 03:44 AM

    Nobody takes the State Dept and UN representative seriously anymore, They are truly a joke.


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