Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has underlined that the policy of the Sri Lankan Government was to ensure the rights of all citizens while taking the country towards the development targets.
The Minister was addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva today. He pointed out that in the post conflict period, the Government has been engaged in the most challenging task of catering to the needs of the displaced persons resettling them, while accelerating development of the North and the East. The number of displaced which stood at over 300 thousand has now come down to a mere 12,000.
The resettlement is continuing after de-mining the areas. As mentioned to the Human Rights Council last year, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission is successfully in operation. The people affected by the conflict of the North and East seized the opportunity of testifying before the Commission. Its interim recommendations are already being implemented. The Minister told the Commission that although the LTTE was a proscribed outfit in many countries, it was still active in some countries. There is no room again for terrorism in Sri Lanka. 80 percent of the provisions of the Emergency Regulations have been repealed. The bare minimum that remains are required as safeguards against such ongoing unlawful activities of the outfit.
Minister Samarasinghe emphatically stated that the Government was traversing on a successful journey launching economic and constitutional reforms with the support of all groups including Tamil Political Parties and Civil Organisations.