Diplomats briefed on LLRC action plan

The government on Tuesday had a discussion with the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka on the implementation of a set of recommendations put forward by a local war commission.

External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris and Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, took part in the discussion, the External Affairs Ministry said.

“A comprehensive briefing took place on the work under way regarding the implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), with emphasis on the results already achieved and the planned trajectory for co-ordination and implementation in the future. The detailed matrix, including priorities, the institutions entrusted with responsibility, key performance indicators and time frames, was explained to the diplomatic community,” the Ministry said in a statement.

Peiris told the diplomats that the cabinet of ministers, two months ago, had approved of the establishment of a mechanism under the Presidential Secretariat, headed by the Secretary to the President, to be in overall charge of implementation of the LLRC Report.

The matrix prepared by the Committee was presented to the Cabinet by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and was endorsed by the Cabinet, Minister Peiris said.

Weeratunga meanwhile said that the recommendations, capable of short term implementation, had already been given effect, while work had begun in a structured manner with regard to the longer term proposals.

Both Peiris and Weeratunga emphasized the importance of acknowledging the substantial results already achieved on the ground within a far shorter time span than had been necessary in post conflict situations in other parts of the world, the External Affairs Ministry said.