The government will be in a position to set up the Truth Commission soon and to gazette the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) under a selected ministry, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha De Silva said today.
He said reconciliation was not an easy task but assured the Government would go ahead despite obstacles by 'racists and those with petty political agendas'.
“We are moving ahead as fast as we can to achieve reconciliation. As a sovereign country and people, we have taken steps within a democratic setting,” he told Daily Mirror.
He said there was no pressure from the international community on Sri Lanka though Sinhala and Tamil extremists in the country were attempting to ignite racism by provoking religious leaders and people on the UN resolution and Constitutional amendments.
“They are hell-bent on misleading the people and sabotage reconciliation efforts. These groups are sowing seeds of disharmony by the lucre amassed in the past,” the deputy minister said.
When asked about the two-year-extension given by the UNHRC to implement the UN resolution, he said the Government has given a timeline to the people of the country.
“Constitutional amendments are part of this timeline. Our stance is to move ahead while protecting our identity,” the deputy minister said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Navaratnam Monday, 10 April 2017 22:21
Sir,Hundreds of Tamil women were abducted by the Indian Army and never seen again,there are no one to represent these missing civilians. Few years ago a mass grave was found at the Jaffna Stadium where IPKF had a camp but that news was later surppressed by the Sri Lankan government. Where is God??
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seqi Monday, 10 April 2017 22:55
God walked off the job long ago via DM Android App
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ceylon Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:10
another commision .no end of commisions.every month commision.what happened to previous dozens of commisions . via DM Android App
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ANTON Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:06
JOOLY HATHAY............ SO FAR WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING FALSE COMMISSIONS OR FRAUD COMMISSIONS ?
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DillonDP Tuesday, 11 April 2017 12:25
ha ha ha Harsha, the truth committee should be set up to see if what you said is true.....
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sara Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:02
Are you beginning with never ending commission?
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nick Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:23
we hold the highest commission in the world for everything we create commission these & culprit will be never get caught as everyone is linked within the fraud lets focus on minimise the public funds rather than keep wasting on commission as we know nothing will happen via DM Android App
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Ganesh Wednesday, 12 April 2017 10:11
A very good statement by the minister and a welcome move but there should be genuine efforts do justice to the victims to build reconciliation
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