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Government Rejects US Report, War Crimes Ping-Pong Continues

Aug 12, 2010 12:03:42 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The government today (12) rejected the US State Department report presented to Congress that evaluates the effectiveness of measures taken by Sri Lanka to investigate incidents where laws of war have been violated during the recent conflict.

The Government Information Department issuing a statement said that Sri Lanka has received the text of the report by Ambassador Rapp of the US State Department to Congress titled “Report to Congress on measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka and international bodies to investigate incidents during the recent conflict in Sri Lanka, and evaluating the effectiveness of such efforts.”

Information Director, Dr. Ariyaratne Athugala has stated that the government wishes to observe that in May 2009, Sri Lanka defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), recognized globally as a brutal terrorist organization.

“The conflict situation had a devastating effect on the people of Sri Lanka and the Government has set a vigorous goal of rebuilding the nation to move forward into a new era of peace and prosperity.”

The statement reads that the Government of Sri Lanka acknowledged that the lessons, which may be drawn from the past, could contribute to true reconciliation, and is committed to a rapid process to achieve this.

“President Mahinda Rajapaksa has appointed an independent Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. The work of the Commission is now underway and is dedicated to fairness and impartiality.

“Furthermore, the Government has almost completed the resettlement of all displaced persons and continues to support their livelihood. Also, in the past few months, the Government has repealed most of the emergency regulations that were necessary during the conflict situation,” the government statement said.