No action plan to the U.S

The government says an action plan on implementing the LLRC recommendations was not given to the United States during the recent visit to Washington by External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris.

Responding to a questioned raised by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanaika in parliament today, government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the US government was only briefed on the approach Sri Lanka will take to implement some of the recommendations.

The JVP MP accused the government of submitting a secret plan to the U.S on implementing the LLRC recommendations.

He called on the government to reveal to the nation the action plan the External Affairs Minister had submitted to U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

However Minister de Silva said it was wrong to assume an action plan had been submitted to Clinton and that even her spokeswoman, at a press briefing after the meeting, never mentioned anything about an action plan.

Minister Peiris met Clinton in Washington last month and following that meeting the U.S State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said “the Secretary met this morning for about 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris. The foreign minister presented a very serious and comprehensive approach to the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission’s implementation and the plans that the government has, including plans to make it more public and accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka, what the government intends to do in the implementation realm”. (Colombo Gazette)