Gov­ern­ment will not adopt full war panel pro­pos­als

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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.”

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