Ex - LTTE combatants to be reintegrated to society
The Government is set to announce a National Framework Proposal on
the reintegration of ex-combatants into civilian life shortly. This will
be a key element of its post-conflict peace building and development
The envisioned policy intervention is designed to facilitate the
reintegration of ex-combatants and contribute towards durable peace, by
improving the employability of ex-combatants for civilian occupation,
minimizing risk of socio-economic marginalization and ensuring them a
smooth transition from military affiliations into larger communities.
The broader objectives will be to foster reconciliation and create
opportunities for economic revitalization, which in turn will strengthen
efforts to build sustainable peace and restore long-term stability in
the country, the Disaster Management and Human Rights Ministry said.
The Ministry added that the draft proposal which is being prepared
under its purview will be ready by end June, and national consultations
will be held in mid - July to endorse the framework.
The Ministry said following a national sensitization workshop, five
working groups had been established recently on disarmament and
demobilization, rehabilitation, reinsertion, social reintegration and
The working groups are made up of high level Government officials,
policy makers, members of the Armed Forces, UN agencies and other
stakeholders, the ministry added.
The working groups have met and are expected to meet in the future
with sections such as representatives of Tamil political groups,
ex-combatants, etc. to obtain their input for framework development.
The key aims of these forums would be to make the process inclusive,
meaningful, and responsive to the actual needs of the target groups,
Ministry sources added. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe commenting on the
effort, identified it as a key element for sustainable peace in the
country, in line with the Government’s commitment to fostering
reconciliation and development.
“This is a clear indication of the seriousness with which the
Government is treating this critical issue. As the President stated in
his address to the nation from Parliament, we do not accept a military
solution as the final solution.
“Having addressed the grave challenge of terrorism head-on, we are
now moving forward to address post-conflict challenges of building the
Motherland, he said. According to Ministry sources, they would work
closely with the Defence Ministry, particularly in relation to the
disarmament and demobilization component of the framework.
SCOPP Director-Policy, Dayani Panagoda has been appointed as the
National Process Manager. Technical and financial support for this
endeavour is being provided by the International Labour Organization,
which boasts of a wealth of experience in other such global initiatives.