Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga yesterday dismissed newspaper reports that he or External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris had submitted any document on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) implementation to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their official visit to Washington in May this year.
We are yet to determine the potentiality of recommendations in the LLRC report and which recommendations can be implemented, said Secretary Weeratunga, who is also the head of the Cabinet-appointed Task Force overlooking the implementation of the LLRC report.
Asked to explain on the particular media report, the Secretary to the President told the Daily News the article was speculative and misleading.
It was a guideline document prepared by me for the use of our team in Washington. It was never meant to be submitted or submitted to the US Secretary of State by us, he said.
However, it had got to the hands of this newspaper. According to Secretary Weeratunga, the so - called document was a reference paper used among them, during the meetings with US officials. It was used for ease in making presentations. There was no submission of this paper to the US Secretary of State, he added.
Commenting on the progress of LLRC implementation, he said the Task Force is studying the recommendations.
We will announce what recommendations could be implemented in due course. We plan to announce the short term strategy of implementation by mid July, Secretary Weeratunga said.