Mechanism on LLRC recommendations: G.L

The government has developed a mechanism to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) accepted by the government, External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said.

According to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington, the Minister said this during a series of meetings he had at Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday (Wednesday) with members of the House of Representatives.

The Minister said that the mechanism on implementing the LLRC recommendations accepted by the government will be directed out of the office of the presidential secretariat.

During the talks, Minister Peiris also noted that President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe met on Monday to discuss matters related to multi-party participation in a Parliamentary Select Committee.

The committee will consider constitutional amendments, Minister Peiris said, and it was important to the government that minority parties in Parliament take part in that process which should be all inclusive.

Prof. Peiris also briefed congressmen on Sri Lanka’s trilingual language initiative – a program to urge Sri Lankans to learn Sinhala, Tamil and English – to foster better understanding among all Sri Lankans. The government, he said, has also established a national database to aid people whose relatives had gone missing during the conflict.

Prof. Peiris also briefed members of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, including the committee’s Democratic Party ranking member, Rep. Howard Berman (Democrat – California), Steve Chabot (Republican – Ohio), chairman of the committee’s Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, and Rep. Ed Royce (Republican – California), chairman of the committee’s Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee. There was an in-depth discussion of current issues, in which the American legislators showed keen interest.

On Wednesday afternoon Minister Peiris took part in a round-table discussion on Sri Lanka and South Asia that was co-hosted by two premiere Washington think tanks, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.