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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Alistair Burt stated: I would like to inform the House of the Government’s views on the Sri Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) report, which was published on December 16, 2011. The LLRC was established in May 2010 to look into the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The British Government welcomes the fact that the LLRC report has been published in full. We have read the report closely and have considered in particular its findings relating to: reconciliation and an enduring political solution in the North and East; accountability for alleged war crimes committed during the conflict; and ongoing human rights issues in Sri Lanka.

We have noted the Sri Lankan government’s initial response to the report. We have also seen statements from political parties in Sri Lanka, from respected human rights organisations and from other governments. The British Government believes that the report contains many constructive recommendations for action on post-conflict reconciliation and a political settlement. Implementation of these recommendations, however, is the real test of Sri Lanka’s progress. We note the Commission’s conclusion that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people and the recommendation that the Sri Lankan government should take the lead in delivering a devolution package.

We urge the Sri Lankan government to implement quickly this recommendation and the LLRC’s call for the Northern Province to be returned to civilian administration. We note the Sri Lankan government’s recent assurance that it will ensure the withdrawal of security forces from all aspects of community life and restrict their role exclusively to security matters.

We agree with the recommendation that more action be taken to help internally displaced persons rebuild their lives. We also agree that the government should make available to relatives a list of all detainees in custody since the end of the conflict; publicly declare all detention sites; and allow family, judicial and International Committee of the Red Cross access. We support the call for anyone responsible for unlawful detentions to be prosecuted. 

The British Government is, on the whole, disappointed by the report’s findings and recommendations on accountability. Like many others, we feel that these leave many gaps and unanswered questions. We welcome the acknowledgement that “considerable civilian casualties” occurred during the final stages of the conflict and the recommendation that specific incidents require further investigation. But we note that many credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, including from the UN Panel of Experts report, are either not addressed or only partially answered. We believe that video footage, authenticated by UN Special Rapporteurs, should inform substantive, not just technical, investigations into apparent grave abuses.    

The British Government believes that the report’s recommendations on ongoing human rights issues in Sri Lanka are well founded. We hope they will be implemented vigorously. We welcome especially the focus on tackling attacks on media freedom and disappearances – including thousands of outstanding cases. We encourage the Sri Lankan government to move quickly to implement the LLRC report’s recommendations. 

Some recommendations could be completed in a matter of months. Others may take time to implement fully, but initial steps can be taken now. Ultimately, the success or failure of the LLRC will be judged on the Sri Lankan government’s implementation of its recommendations. On accountability, implementing the report’s recommendations would represent a useful first step. But we continue to believe it is important that an independent, credible and thorough mechanism is put in place to investigate all allegations of grave abuses. The British Government has consistently condemned terrorism in all its forms. The LTTE is a brutal and ruthless organisation which remains proscribed in the UK. Our long-term interest is in a stable, peaceful Sri Lanka, free from the scourge of terrorism, and as a fellow member of the Commonwealth, conforming to the standards and values which Commonwealth membership requires.

Sri Lanka’s aim of achieving reconciliation amongst its people is one we value. It can be achieved through an honest acknowledgement of the past and processes, in which all parties take part, to ensure justice, reconciliation and political progress. We remain committed to helping Sri Lanka achieve lasting peace and reconciliation and will work with international partners to this end, including with the assistance of relevant international organisations. (Source: BHC Press Release)

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  • raj Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:23 AM

    Sri Lankans have difficulties in respecting others' rights regardless of their race. As a result, Sri Lanka has had many conflicts since its independent.

    Jay Ranaweera Friday, 13 January 2012 07:50 PM

    Mahesh, Can u explain what u mean???

    Dorothy Friday, 13 January 2012 10:40 PM

    It is far more important implement the recommendations for to avoid future conflicts than go back on abuses of the past . After all Britain experienced the good will of all the colonies that gained independence after decades of colonial rule which documented many a gross violations of human rights by individuals appointed by the Imperial government . That support helped Britain not to be wrung dry with compensation claims .. Lets move on and not allow the rabble rousing groups within and without , to take advantage of situations.Ordinary people wants peace .

    Lankan Friday, 13 January 2012 10:48 PM


    peter Friday, 13 January 2012 11:45 PM

    Don't worry USA and LK will come closer to Sri lanka, now oil exploration in place.

    Shelton Dhamaratana Friday, 13 January 2012 11:53 PM

    British Empire superssed Irash people, rifgt-selfdetermantion over centries,and occupy NORTH-IRELAND ON BASIS OF RELIGON BACKGROUND hundred of years.Now you talk of LTTE-terroisat out-fit,who killed large number of Sri lanka.And your GB grant safe haven to Terrotist -Anton Balasingham & WIFE OF Adella Balsingham who had been training femal sucide cards for LTTE.You British Empire adding and abtting LTTE-OUT-fit land Her Majaesty Queen land for terrorist;while your brith place of DEMOCARY LAND HAD BEEN GIVEN TO TERROST OUT-FIT AND PRINTED LTTE TERORIST STAM BY HER ROYAL MAIL SERVICES.This are grave creime against people of sri lanka,apart of colonialed our country 150 years.

    Lalith Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:09 AM

    Downgrading of Rupee would have matter to them...widened the gap again!

    john Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:18 AM

    "There are none so blind as those who will not see".
    (John Heywood 1546)

    Classified Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:57 AM

    Hey Pal, will you jot down few things that discriminate Tamils from the rest. They can live, vote anywhere on the island. Discrimination and Tamils' problem are created by TNA to create a de facto eelam.

    gayanth Saturday, 14 January 2012 07:55 AM

    it is good to ask loans, other financial aid and shoot UK nationals.. If so why not comment. Who are the real culprits/ deshdorihis?????????????????

    Jay Ranaweera Friday, 13 January 2012 07:49 PM


    Prathithaban Saturday, 14 January 2012 12:47 PM

    Dear Brutishes, thank u for yr crocodile tears. U all the people created this situation in history. Devide & rule concept. U people use our ennocent Tamil community as tool to devide & rule. at least now pl stay away from us, we know how to solve our issues. Pl mind yr own business. we tamils do not want yr help at all. Piss off

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:21 PM

    SRI LANKA is a small country and we DO NOT NEED ANY DEVOLUTION AS UK(eg Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland) and other states such as Canada, Australia and the US that are made up of many so called "States"
    All we need is EVOLUTION IN SRI LANKA for a SINGLE,STRONG STATE for a better future.
    Tamils do have a state of their own in Tamil Nadu, so WHY annexe land from SL????

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 14 January 2012 01:26 PM

    DEVOLUTION IS NOT THE ANSWER. Look at the mess in the UK after devolution. It will only lead to evetual break up and it plays into the hands of the LTTE.
    Only solution is EVOLUTION into one strong BIG SOCIETY!!

    Vimal Carlos Saturday, 14 January 2012 03:22 PM

    Ironicaly the British was the people that devided the WHOLE INDIAN PEOPLE + also devided the Singhalese race into casts that was no existing prior to british came to the island.

    BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 14 January 2012 08:43 PM

    It is not GSP+AID that we are getting .. it our very own PLUNDERED WEALTH that we want back.
    A lot more is due !!!!

    chinthaka Saturday, 14 January 2012 10:20 PM

    Rita Warren, you can shove your GPS+ wherever you want. You britishes with EU tried to subdue us with that

    Anjula Sunday, 15 January 2012 04:26 AM

    why you can't think in positive way if somebody respond something in better way, as a human we should listen to other's good react & reccommandation which can be usefull to resolve ethnic issue in our mother land. today you guys living in modern world and nobody depend on themselves without other's. this is common fact we have to learn rather than blaming international community that they should not involve with our matters.

    Ajith Sunday, 15 January 2012 04:51 AM

    do you mean to say that, before TNA existed, Tamils never had problems....?

    Amuda Sima Friday, 13 January 2012 01:51 PM

    Ministry of defence please listen and react to the big brother’s/teacher’s of human rights violations preach.

    Great Britain is preparing their LLRC report we Sri Lankan to comment. This is regarding how the Gadffi has been killed. Support to Mujahadeen to fight against Russians. Support on Israel to kill innocent civilians the list continues.

    MH Friday, 13 January 2012 01:24 AM

    All of a sudden USA,UK all have started supporting SL possitively. I am sure they have realised now that the future is Asia,South east asia and the Australasia. USA,UK is in a economic Meltdown and their futures look bleak than ours.

    nilame Friday, 13 January 2012 03:50 AM

    Here we go again... Why don't we look at the message impartially without going on these stupid rants against the West. I think all the suggestions are valid. Is it so hard to give equal rights and treat the minorities properly?

    Damsen Friday, 13 January 2012 04:04 AM

    At last they have understood reality.

    MoMizMo Friday, 13 January 2012 07:19 AM

    I pitty your stupidity my friend

    prem Friday, 13 January 2012 07:22 AM

    If we can act accodingly we will have good future

    Prof.Henricks Friday, 13 January 2012 07:49 AM

    Are the minorities in your household treated differently? get real pal,

    mahesh Friday, 13 January 2012 08:31 AM

    So, have you understood the reality? What you think the reality they now understood?

    V.I.S.Jayapalan poet Friday, 13 January 2012 01:43 PM

    Nodrog said
    "Keep your comments to yourself. We will sort our issues."
    But there is no we with out majority Tamil, upcountry Tamils and Muslim parties

    Nodrog Friday, 13 January 2012 12:52 AM

    Keep your comments to yourself. We will sort our issues. You sort your economical, unemployment and immigrant problems.

    kalu sudda Friday, 13 January 2012 02:03 PM

    Are the Tamilans running out of money?

    ashok Friday, 13 January 2012 02:48 PM

    Multiculturalism miserably failed in UK and people hate foreigners there.Another thing is the only language UK residents can use is English and not Irish,Welsh or Scottish..In UK Deevalee is not a holiday or any other festival.No rights for minorities.

    lankan Friday, 13 January 2012 02:56 PM

    so Nodrog , even after more than 30yrs, are you still optimistic that our politicians will solve the main problem without outside help?

    P.L.J.B.Palipana Friday, 13 January 2012 03:11 PM

    Look forwad the next 10 years. It is very dangerous to create a seperate Provincial Council to the North.

    Ram Friday, 13 January 2012 03:34 PM

    Prof! do you have any doubt on that?

    Rita Warren, UK Friday, 13 January 2012 04:54 PM

    We can keep our comments to our self. Then please Do NOT ask GSP+ and Development Aid.
    Rita Warren, UK

    S.Sriranjan Friday, 13 January 2012 04:53 PM

    LLRC report is a clear solution for the Srilankan ethenic conflict.But it very sad for the Inablity of Srilankan Government and need so many interpritations from various Countries!!!

    La Lankais Friday, 13 January 2012 07:32 PM

    Nodrog, do not chase them away, let them come in and learn from us.

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