Colombo: Amid speculation that the crucial
Sri Lankan probe into the three-decade ethnic conflict may be
kept under wraps, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to
make the LLRC findings public.
Foreign Minister GL Peiris on Tuesday said that the president
has decided to make the report of the Lessons Learnt and
Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) available on public domain.
"President Rajapaksa was categorical in saying that the
report would be made public. This will be done after the
report is submitted to the president," Peiris told reporters
LLRC spokesman Lakshman Wickremasinghe said the report
could be presented to Rajapaksa before the November 15
"We are making arrangements for it to be presented
to the president. Although we have no definite date it is
likely to be presented in the second week of November,"
The LLRC, however, had no authority to make the report
"Our mandate limits us to handing it over to the
president. Making it public or otherwise will be entirely in
president’s hands," Wickremasinghe added.
The LLRC was appointed by Rajapaksa in May 2010 to look
back at the country`s separatist conflict with the LTTE
covering the period of the Norwegian brokered peace process
which began in February 2002 and the end to the military
offensive in May 2009.
The objective was to learn lessons and prevent a
repetition of a similar conflict.
The LLRC spokesman earlier said that over 1,000 oral
submissions and over 5000 written submissions had been
received by the commission.
"People of varying status have recorded their submissions
with us and we have given more chances to people from the
north and east," Wickremasinghe said.
An expert panel report of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki
Moon issued last April has accused Sri Lanka and the LTTE of
committing war crimes and called for an investigation.
In the face of growing international pressure on Sri
Lanka by western nations and rights watchdogs to set up an
independent probe into alleged war crimes, there was
speculation that the government may not make the crucial LLRC
Sri Lanka has used the LLRC to thwart criticism on the
government`s rights record during the final stages of the war
with the LTTE, which ended in May 2009.