Army completes probe on war

The army has completed its investigations into the final stages of the war and will hand over a report to Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa tomorrow.

Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the board appointed by the army to conduct the investigations has made some observations and recommendations for short, medium and long term implementation.

The board of inquiry was appointed after the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), in its Final Report, had made a number of recommendations with regard to the institutional, administrative and legislative measures that need to be taken in order to prevent any recurrence of terrorism and to promote national unity and reconciliation among all communities.

Based on those recommendations made by the LLRC, the Commander of the Army had appointed a Board of officers to study the LLRC report and to identity areas that are relevant to the Army.

The Board of officers was also tasked to formulate a viable Action Plan to address the specific areas so identified, the army spokesman said.
Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya will hand over the report submitted by the Board of Officers to the Defence Secretary at the Ministry of Defence tomorrow.

“The Board has at the very outset observed that most of the recommendations made by the LLRC such as re – settlement of IDPs, rehabilitation of ex LTTE cadres, disarming of militant groups, de-mining, etc have already been implemented,” the army spokesman noted. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam