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Tuesday, December 03, 2013 - 05.18 GMT

Commonwealth SG welcomes census

 

Last weeks announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka that it will conduct a national census to determine the extent of the loss of life during the countrys 26-year old civil war, is a welcome step, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said.

Issuing a statement the Secretary General said, "We hope that every attempt will be made to record accurately the information and chronologies provided by victims, families and witnesses. We encourage all concerned to provide the information required

Full statement:

This will advance the process of post-conflict reconciliation sought in the national Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation report.

It is our understanding that the national census exercise will collect information on deaths, on missing, injured and disabled persons, as well as damage to property due to internal conflicts from 1982 onwards. We hope that every attempt will be made to record accurately the information and chronologies provided by victims, families and witnesses. We encourage all concerned to provide the information required.

We hope the findings of this census will be made public after its completion. Healing and enduring reconciliation will only come about when the truth is known about what happened in the past.
 



 



 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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