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Lessons Learnt Commission Asks For Public Input

Jul 4, 2010 6:26:28 PM - thesundayleader.lk

The Sri Lankan Government’s Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation has requested representations from the public, to be filed by August 18th. The commission covers events from February 2002 to May 2009, from the breaking down of the Ceasefire Agreement to the latter phases of the war. They have been requested to file their report within six months. This commission was appointed by Mahinda Rajapaksa with Cabinet approval. His memorandum and the press release includes the specific scope of the commission and brief biographical details of the members. It can be read here.

The commission has reported holding regular meetings throughout June. It plans to begin public hearings in August in the provinces.

In parallel, the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has appointed a three member panel to advise him on the same issues. This panel has been vehemently opposed by the Sri Lankan government as unnecessary and a violation of sovereignty. To this end they have been supported by China, Russia and the Non Aligned Movement and opposed by the EU. These chronicles have been documented by the Sunday Leader.