Government will not adopt full war panel proposals
COLOMBO | Sri Lanka will not adopt all proposals from its civil war commission because the panel went beyond its mandate, a government minister said Monday after a U.N. rights council called for the report’s implementation.
The commission’s report dismissed allegations that government troops deliberately targeted civilians as the long civil war was ending in 2009, but it also proposed that complaints of isolated, civilian killings by government troops be investigated. It also said the defeated Tamil Tiger rebels committed serious human rights violations.
When the government presented the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s report in Parliament in December, it promised the proposals would be implemented.
Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said, “The government will have to carefully consider the content of the report and take a decision as to which part of the report has to be implemented.”