MR, UN discuss implementation of LLRC proposals

The United Nations and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have had talks on various issues, including recommencing the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka Ms. Hanaa Singer called Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa last afternoon at Temple Trees.

On behalf of the UN Secretary-General and her colleagues of other UN bodies, Ms. Singer extended her congratulatory wishes on what she described as a “decisive victory” at the recent polls, the Prime Minister’s media office said.

“I recalled that next year, Sri Lanka celebrates 65 years as a member of the United Nations, just as the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary. A considerable amount of time was dedicated to discussing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ms. Singer commended the “incredible detail” regarding the commitment towards the SDGs in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna manifesto and reiterated the United Nations’ dedication to providing any kind of assistance the government may require in implementing those policies,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that other areas of discussion focused on recommencing of the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and support for Government initiatives to address climate change.

The LLRC was a commission of inquiry appointed by Rajapaksa in May 2010 when he was President, after the war in Sri Lanka.

The commission was mandated to investigate the facts and circumstances which led to the failure of the ceasefire agreement made operational on 27 February 2002, the lessons that should be learnt from those events and the institutional, administrative and legislative measures which need to be taken in order to prevent any recurrence of such concerns in the future, and to promote further national unity and reconciliation among all communities.

After an 18-month inquiry, the commission submitted its report to the President on 15 November 2011. The report was made public on 16 December 2011, after being tabled in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)


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