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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 6.40 GMT

Kevin Rudd has confidence in the Govt. & LLRC report - SL envoy in Australia


Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia Thisara Samarasinghe has praised Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd for refusing to back calls for an independent international inquiry into Sri Lanka's war against the LTTE.

Australian Foreign Minister on Monday finally responded to the government's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report into the final stages of the war.

‘The foreign minister called on Sri Lanka to further investigate the allegations but stopped short of adding Australia's voice to demands for an international probe’, says Australian newspaper The Age.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner on Tuesday said he was very happy with Mr Rudd's response, calling it a "fair judgment" of the report.

"I am very pleased," he told AAP.

"He did not specifically ask for an international investigation.

"He has confidence in this report and he has confidence in the government of Sri Lanka.

"It's a very positive sign."

Mr Rudd called on Sri Lanka to set a clear timetable for the implementation of the LLRC's recommendations, The Age further stated.

Mr Samarasinghe said implementation would occur within a "fair period of time" but urged patience.

He rejected criticism by Tamil and human rights groups that the LLRC report was a whitewash.

"These claims do not help the reconciliation process," he said.
"The government has addressed most of the issues that have come up."






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