Opposition and UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal that his party was ready for cooperation with the government in the implementation of Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations if the ruling party took any positive step in this regard within the next two weeks.
Mr. Wickremesinghe had given this assurance to Ms. Biswal when he met her at his residence in Colombo this evening.
Mr. Wickremesinghe who spoke to journalists after his meeting with the US Assistant Secretary of State said he had informed her that his party would support the government to enact whatever legislations needed to implement LLRC recommendations if the government made a positive move within two weeks.
Mr. Wickremesinghe had told Ms. Biswal that his party’s stance was that LLRC recommendations should be implemented to ensure democracy and preservation of human rights in the country.
They also discussed the present situation with regard to media freedom in the country.
He said the US Assistant Secretary of State stated during the meeting that the US would like to see Sri Lanka making more progress in bringing about reconciliation and ensuring democracy in the country.
The Opposition leader and the US Assistant Secretary of State had also discussed the US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka which is to come up at the United Nations Human Rights Commission sessions in March this year.
Ms. Biswal was accompanied by US Ambassador in Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison. (Yohan Perera)
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Comments - 9
kali Saturday, 01 February 2014 11:10 AM
It is too little too late and if you have any decency you will support an Internation War Crimes INquiry nothing else will do,.
sarath Saturday, 01 February 2014 11:36 AM
17 amendment needs many amendments as it is inoperative and ineffective some times. one political party can make it a mockery . the tussle between JVP and TNA in 2007 amply demonstrated the need of the amendments. there cannot be independence of the CC when members are appointed by President, PM, Op leader and other party leader except the speaker in name sake. CBK nominated HLde Silva who was her and SLFP lawyer. Former PR to UN. He had all the qualifications but his party affiliation. HL appeared for Mrs CBK in dropped 18th Amendment Bill case 2003 while he was a Respondent in 19th Amendment Bill 2003 case in SC. both cases were heard by the same bench one after the other. mind 18th amend was drafted by HL which both were held inconsistent with the constitution. to me it is a very poor legislation.
Dalu Banda Saturday, 01 February 2014 01:23 PM
Runil is always betting incorrectly. Any Sensible Sinhalese would vote for him?
Grace Friday, 31 January 2014 05:03 PM
If positive steps are not taken within two weeks, will the UNP not support. Why is this ultimatum?
Fawzan Friday, 31 January 2014 05:06 PM
LLRC itself is a biased committed with lack of impartiality. It was formed with the sole purpose is to protect perpetrators (no need to name them) and prevent international community from impartial investigation. Now SL leaders are even not willing to implement this bare minimum to cover up their crime. Shame!!
Jayasekara Friday, 31 January 2014 05:23 PM
UNP should ask for implementation LLRC + Which should included 17 amendment to the letter
kala kanneee Friday, 31 January 2014 05:23 PM
so king is rejected to meet
anura Saturday, 01 February 2014 04:24 PM
Ranil is the shrewdest sri lankan politician at present we should support whatever he esposuses its good for our sovereignty
K.soysa Saturday, 01 February 2014 10:10 AM
S what makes you think that the US and the "international community" is not biased?!
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