Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says during talks on the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the main concern was on the judiciary and not the security forces.
Speaking at the National Management Conference in Colombo today, the Prime Minister said that questions were raised on the strength of the judiciary.
He said there was a concern Sri Lanka’s judiciary may have suffered particularly after former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was impeached and removed from office by the former Government.
The Prime Minister however said that the domestic process to address concerns on incidents related to the war will not be mainly at the court but in ensuring National unity and reconciliation.
“Everyone agrees that we should find out the truth. We have to look at the victims. About compensation and what else we can do for them. As one of the members in the TNA told me, all that we do will not bring the dead back to life. But let us ensure it will not happen again and there is unity,” he said.
He said that the Government, through a domestic mechanism, will establish a Missing Persons office, Special Counsel and Truth Commission.
The Prime Minister said that the Truth Commission will include a compassionate council which will look for compassion.
He said that simply pursuing a legal process will be never ending so after discussing with all parties concerned it was decided to go ahead with a Truth Commission which best suits Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)