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Thursday, April 05, 2012 - 5.18 GMT
Unverified accusations will only prolong people's grievances – SL envoy

 

Unverified accusations and unsubstantiated allegations followed by counter allegations will not bring about the desired results. It will only contribute to prolonging the grievances of the people, especially those directly affected by the conflict, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Canada Chitranganee Wagiswara said.

She said this in a response to an editorial published in the Canadian Newspaper ‘The Star’ titled ‘Festering wounds’ on March 22.
The High Commissioner emphasized that the government and the citizens of Sri Lanka will not allow the country to roll back to the era of terrorism and conflict.

Full text of the reply:


I am sending this response as the editorial includes some sweeping statements that are factually incorrect. The reference to a “credible and independent probe” is incorrect, as the reference in the Resolution at the Human Rights Council is on the implementation of the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). There is no reference to a probe by outside parties.

The LLRC was established by the president of Sri Lanka and is a domestic mechanism, to ensure that there is no recurrence of the unfortunate situation in the past and to promote national unity and reconciliation amongst all communities.

Unverified accusations and unsubstantiated allegations followed by counter allegations will not bring about the desired results. It will only contribute to prolonging the grievances of the people, especially those directly affected by the conflict.

According to the LLRC and other domestic mechanisms, feasible action will continue to be taken on economic development, resettlement, livelihood development and a politically negotiated settlement to satisfy all communities with due consideraiton given to the nature of the complexities involved.

After a long and agonizing conflict brought about by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the citizens of Sri Lanka of all communities are now reaping the benefits of peace. The government and the citizens of Sri Lanka will not allow the country to roll back to the era of terrorism and conflict.

The government together with the people will continue to work and focus on the need of the hour: peace and reconciliation — not confrontation.

 


 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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