‘Some recommendations may necessitate constitutional
Committee assessing LLRC recommendations
‘Int’l community impressed with post-war
A committee headed by Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga is
studying recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation
Commission (LLRC) report for assessment of challenges in implementing
them, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilleke Amunugama said
He said the committee had met a number of times.
It will announce what recommendations could be implemented under the
present institutional framework, Amunugama said.
The Lalith Weeratunga committee on LLRC recommendations is expected
to declare a realistic strategy to implement them, he said. “Some
recommendations need amendments to the constitution.”
The committee has categorised these recommendations for short, medium
and long-term implementation, he said.
Asked about recent criticism which some US Senators have levelled
against Sri Lanka over non-implementation of recommendations made by the
LLRC, Amunugama said Senators may express their personal views, but US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had praised Sri Lanka’s plan to
implement the LLRC recommendations during a meeting with External
Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris. Asked if Prof Peiris had presented a
document on LLRC implementation procedure to Clinton, Amunugama said:
“We did not present any such document. Prof Peiris explained the
government’s mechanism to implement the recommendations, which she
“The process of implementing some recommendations can take time and
some even need amendments to the constitution,” he said.
“All these are currently being looked into by the committee appointed
to study LLRC recommendations,” Amunugama said.
“The international community has been impressed with Sri Lanka’s
post-war reconciliation process right from the start. The government has
been able to resettle all internally displaced persons. It has released
over 11,000 rehabilitated LTTE cadres,” he said.
There are political problems associated with the LLRC recommendations
because of the lack of commitment by political parties, such as, the
Tamil National Alliance to arrive at a consensus to find a political
solution to the national issue, External Affairs Ministry officials told
the Daily News.