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President Mahinda Rajapaksa has named an eight member ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation’ Commission to report on the lessons to be learnt from the events in the period, Feb 2002 to May 2009. The Commission has been charged with reporting whether any person, group or institution directly or indirectly bears responsibility in this regard, the President’s office said today.

The Commissioners appointed are Chitta Ranjan de Silva Esquire, PC – Chairman, Dr. Amrith Rohan Perera Esquire, PC, Prof. Mohamed Thahir Mohamed Jiffry Esquire, Prof. Karunaratna Hangawatta Eq, Chandirapal Chanmugam Esq, Hewa Mathara Gamage Siripala Palihakkara Esq, Mrs. Manohari Ramanathan and Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama Esq, the President’s office said today.

The President has sanctioned Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in the UN to mention in his remarks at the UN Security Council Interactive Briefing on 5th June 2009 that the Government was in the process of initiating a domestic mechanism for fact finding and reconciliation.

The Commission is charged with reporting on measures to be taken to prevent the recurrence of such concerns in the future and promote further national unity and reconciliation among all communities.

The appointment of this Commission follows cabinet approval to a memorandum by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It states that it has been apparent for quite some time to the Government, that the conflict situation due to the very brutality and long duration of the violence perpetrated against Sri Lanka, would have caused great hurt and anguish in the minds of the people, that requires endeavours for rehabilitation and the restoration of democratic governance complimented by measures for reconciliation.

This Government is commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, as consistently articulated and affirmed by Sri Lanka at Sessions of the Human Rights Council, the President’s office further said today.  (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Monday, 17 May 2010 01:12 PM

    you drag this for another 20 years it will give birth to another VP. Praba is not at all at fault.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 01:21 PM

    Just more propoganda

    Monday, 17 May 2010 07:39 AM

    Our cricket team also appointed by MR !.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 01:32 PM

    From the stature of persons in the Committee we cannot expect anything towards reconciliation but a typical report with lot of words. Not enough minority representation to see their points of view.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 01:39 PM

    Excellent you Excellency ! Show them buffoons how it is done ! Please keep your siblings close, remember, we are Sri lankans (will do anything for money).

    Monday, 17 May 2010 07:47 AM

    A step in the right direction. Let us all hope that this will assist in laying a sound foundation for building the much needed national reconciliation in our country.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 01:55 PM

    Good that we should learn lessons from past mistakes, but should avoid living in the past. We have lot more to attend today and better focus on them.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 07:58 AM

    Is this appointments as to find the "accountability" or to "white wash" western

    Monday, 17 May 2010 07:59 AM

    It is the usual phenomenan. We have seen so many commissions being set up in the past and volumes of reports being submitted, just to gather dust. These are buying time tactics or to push under the carpet after some time. What gurantee is there to say it differs this time??

    Monday, 17 May 2010 02:19 PM

    it is a cover up mission, and a not fact finding mission.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 02:21 PM

    An eye wash

    Monday, 17 May 2010 03:12 PM

    Are any of his siblings amongst the appointees?

    Monday, 17 May 2010 03:17 PM

    I love that last bit bout the 'human rights'! Hiarious!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 08:27 AM

    Sounds like there are some mouth pieces of NGOs, Wests & most importantly JVP losers are posting negatvie comments as usual. Let's wait & see.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 08:29 AM

    Very Good, we all have to learn from our mistakes. Invite the Educated lot in Sri Lanka whether GREEN, RED or BLUE We all have to support our Motherland.

    Sarath Dassanaike

    Monday, 17 May 2010 03:33 PM

    Reconciliation should be built on Truth, Mercy, Peace and Justice.How far such things are going to be observed in Sri Lanka?

    Monday, 17 May 2010 08:42 AM

    Too late Mr. President. Too late.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 08:55 AM

    Useless, waisting time and money.Better give this money to one or more IDPs

    Monday, 17 May 2010 04:47 PM

    This committee is not going to have much credibility, as most of them have been government servants who had played a big role in governance issues, in the recent past.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 09:08 AM

    Very soon president will tell us what to cook for our next meal.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 05:24 PM

    Good move, by our President!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 05:29 PM

    This commission will only benefit its members, as they are given employment. WHAT A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 09:23 AM

    Yeah, but this mechanism should be implemented not confined to words, as always

    Monday, 17 May 2010 06:07 PM

    Trying to avoid a UN war-crimes investigation?

    Monday, 17 May 2010 06:21 PM

    Another 'puppet' show?

    Monday, 17 May 2010 09:48 AM

    frog.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 08:15 PM

    Appointing commissions is just like going to the 'loo' ... for the 'matter' is finally 'dropped'!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:16 AM

    Past heads of states have done the same with no meaningful conclusions to the problem.

    What is needed, a bold step by the elected executive to cut across the redtape to offer meaningful soulition to the tamil proble.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:35 AM

    Dear President, You are brilliant! Keep on good work.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:48 AM

    Very simple. 40,000 innocent civilians were killed.

    Monday, 17 May 2010 10:58 AM

    Better late than never

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:01 AM

    brilliant on corruption

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:22 AM

    Committees, committees, and more committees! Waste of money if nothing comes out of them!

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:28 AM

    THIS COMMITEE- JUST A EYE WASH

    Monday, 17 May 2010 11:48 AM

    But why from from the events in the period, Feb 2002 to May 2009. i thought the issues stated way back in 1958.
    eye wash?


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