LLRC report contains constructive proposals - Aussie FM
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said the LLRC report contains
constructive proposals for advancing reconciliation and reconstruction,
including through reducing the presence of Security Forces in the North,
care of internally displaced persons and media freedoms.
“It is now also critical that the Sri Lankan government endorse the
LLRC report’s constructive elements and set clear, firm time frames for
their implementation,” Rudd said among other things.
The Australian government has studied closely Sri Lanka’s Lessons
Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report, and welcomes its
recommendations for addressing the post-conflict situation.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa formed the LLRC in May 2010 to
investigate events during the conflict between February 2002 and May
2009 and to make recommendations to advance restitution and
reconciliation. The LLRC included representatives of five Sinhalese, two
Tamil and one Muslim.
The LLRC report contains 285 principal observations and
recommendations divided into six sections: ceasefire agreement;
international humanitarian law issues; human rights; land issues;
restitution and compensation; and reconciliation.
Australia provides practical support for Sri Lanka’s efforts towards
reconciliation and reconstruction in conflict-affected areas. Since
2009, Australia has supported the land mines and unexploded ordnance
clearance from 74 square kilometres of land and the reconstruction of
around 4,600 homes and an estimated 20 schools in Northern Province.