The commission set up by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to internally investigate the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war begins public sittings this Wednesday (11 August) at 9:30 AM. The Commission Of Inquiry On Lessons Learnt And Reconciliation will hold a series of public sessions at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute For International Relations, 24 Horton Place, Colombo 7.
The public sessions will be open from Wednesday to the 11th till the 14th in Colombo, at 9:30 AM. They will then move to Vavuniya in the north for the 14 and 15th before returning to Colombo on the 17th. They will again be available on th 18th at 2 PM, the 23rd at 9:30 AM and finally on the 25th at 2 PM.
The commission is meant as a local panel of inquiry which the government and some foreign supporters have said negates the need for a UN Panel to advise Ban Ki-moon. Despite UN and US assurances that the panel is only meant to assist the local commission, the government has responded vehemently to its imposition.