Post conflict progress:
Lanka way ahead
* G L, Lalith brief diplomats on LLRC
* Work begun in a structured manner
The government yesterday emphasized the importance of acknowledging
the substantial results already achieved on the ground within a far
shorter time span than had been necessary in post conflict situations in
other parts of the world.
This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris and
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga when they met with the
diplomatic community at the auditorium of the External Affairs Ministry
Minister Prof G L Peiris and Secretary
to the President Lalith Weeratunga at the briefing
A comprehensive briefing took place on the work underway regarding
implementation of the recommendations contained in the Report of the
Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, with emphasis on the
results already achieved and the planned trajectory for co-ordination
and implementation in the future. The detailed matrix, including
priorities, the institutions entrusted with responsibility, key
performance indicators and time frames, were explained to the diplomatic
Prof Peiris said that the Cabinet of Ministers, two months ago, had
approved the establishment of a mechanism under the Presidential
Secretariat, headed by the Secretary to the President, to be in overall
charge of implementation of the LLRC Report.
The matrix prepared by this committee was presented to the Cabinet by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and was endorsed by the Cabinet, Minister
He added that full information in this regard was made available to
local and international media at the briefing held by Minister Peiris
and Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga at the Ministry of External
Affairs last week.
It was considered appropriate to have an interactive session with the
diplomatic community, he said.
Weeratunga explained in detail the approach which his Committee
adopted to the work they had undertaken. He said that the
recommendations, capable of short-term implementation, had already been
given effect, while work had begun in a structured manner with regard to
the longer-term proposals. Both Prof Peiris and Mr Weeratunga emphasized
the importance of acknowledging the substantial results already achieved
on the ground within a far shorter time span than had been necessary in
post conflict situations in other parts of the world.
This is of particular relevance in the context of the significance
consistently accorded by international law and practice to domestic
remedies and procedures, they declared.
Their presentations to the Ambassadors and High Commissioners were
followed by an extensive discussion.