Only feasible proposals will be considered - DEW
The US - sponsored resolution on the implementation of the
recommendations stipulated in Sri Lanka’s own Lessons Learnt and
Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report is non-binding because bringing
out the report was the state’s responsibility, Human Resources Senior
Minister D E W Gunasekera told the Daily News, adding that only Sri
Lanka can resolve its ethnic question.
"The US cannot resolve Sri Lanka's ethnic question," the minister
said. "The government will implement what it considers necessary and
feasible in the LLRC report as a sovereign nation with zero tolerance
against external interferences in its internal affairs."
Asked if the US sponsored resolution had a negative impact on the
implementation process of the the LLRC, Gunasekera asked: "How can one
experience any negative impact when so much work has been done in terms
of implementing the recommendations?"
Explaining the government's work towards national reconciliation,
Gunasekera said: "The government has already resettled all those who
have been displaced by the war. We have taken steps to rehabilitate
thousands of LTTE cadres who were taken as prisoners by the Security
Forces. We sent them home after rehabilitation to live normal lives."
"The LLRC report has recommendations that are acceptable and that can
be implemented. Most have been implemented. There are other
recommendations that are under consideration by the government. There
are recommendations that cannot be implemented. The report is not
without deficiencies. The report is our own concern and we will decide
what is best as a sovereign nation," he said. Asked about the stance
taken by the Indian government to vote against Sri Lanka at Geneva Human
Rights Council, Gunasekera said although India voted against Sri Lanka
under pressure by the situation of their domestic politics in Tamil
Nadu, they must be respected for the amendment they have moved in to the
resolution that any assistance from the Office of the High Commissioner
on Human Rights or visits of UN special procedures should be in
consultation with the concurrence of the Sri Lankan government.
"The government will decide how it should go about implementing the
LLRC report ," he added.