Lanka keen to implement LLRC report

The government informed parliament today that it had no objections to implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

Minister Susil Premjayantha said that the government stand has always been to implement the recommendations of the LLRC.

However he said there were doubts if the UN Human Rights Council had other intentions and not just to see the implementation of the report.

The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on Sri Lanka last month which called for the full implementation of the LLRC recommendations.

However the government said it will not fully implement the recommendations as the commission had gone beyond its mandate in some areas.

The parliament on Wednesday wound up a two day debate on the resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council.

Susil Premjayantha said the government felt the UN Human Rights Council was attempting to lay the groundwork to take action against Sri Lanka’s political leaders and military officials over allegations of committing war crimes during the final stages of the war against the LTTE.

After 30 years of war the military defeated the LTTE three years ago but has been facing allegations of committing war crimes including allegations that senior rebels who surrendered with white flags were shot dead.

The government has denied the allegations and Premjayantha told parliament that the government will not allow any foreign government or institution to conduct investigations in Sri Lanka.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed the LLRC to look at some of the incidents which took place during the war and the commission submitted its final report last year.