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Monday, January 10, 2011 - 06.02 GMT

LLRC field visits:
Large numbers give evidence


The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) held public sittings in Puttalam, Mannar, Adampan and Madhu where large numbers turned up to give evidence.

Despite the heavy rains, over 500 persons came to each of these four locations to give evidence, Secretary to the LLRC Mr. S B Atugoda said adding, Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu and Muslim clergy were among those who gave evidence.

Former Deputy Mayor of Jaffna M.G.M. Basir giving evidence before the Commission explained the serious hardships the Muslims had to face due to the failed ceasefire agreement.

Evidence was recorded and the LLRC assured the people that their grievances will be forwarded to relevant authorities. The public sitting successfully concluded Sunday, the Secretary said.

The LLRC will commence sittings at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute tomorrow (11 Jan).

The LLRC appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa previously held public hearings in the war-battered towns of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, and Mullaitivu in Northern Province and Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

The seven-member Commission is in the process of gathering evidence to prepare a report on the ethnic issue and how to overcome such situations in future. The Commission is to submit its report by May 15, 2011.







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