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UN Panel can testify before LLC

Dec 18, 2010 11:36:42 AM - itnnews.lk

Sri Lanka has intimated to the United Nations that it is prepared if necessary to extend facilities to the UN General Secretary’s panel to give evidence before the Lessons Learnt Commission (LLC).

Media reports have said that the UN Secretary General’s Panel of experts is desirous of visiting Sri Lanka. Drawing its attention to these reports, the External Affairs Ministry reported that in the event of the panel wishing to make representations to the Commission it is prepared to make the necessary arrangements for the panel to do so. The Lessons Learnt Commission had been appointed by the President to receive proposals for future reconciliation after perusing lessons learnt from terrorism. It was published in the Sinhala, Tamil and English media in last June that views and proposals would be entertained from any person.

Accordingly, the Government considered that it was its obligation to extend facilities to any person irrespective of stature to testify before the Commission. It is in this respect that the required facilities are to be extended to the UN Panel. The External Affairs Ministry announced today that its stand had been intimated to the UN Headquarters in New York.