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Stop order to Peace Secretariat

[DailyMirror, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 07:03 No Comment]

The presidential secretariat yesterday directed the closure of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) at the end of next month, Director General Rajiva Wijesinghe said.

“We have not been told of any specific reason for the decision although we have been discussing such a scenario since last week,” Prof. Wijesinghe said. “I don’t want to speculate on the decision neither comment on it or appeal for a reconsideration.”

Prof. Wijesinghe said SCOPP was going ahead with the process of closing down but the future of the SCOPP staff was uncertain since most of them were employed on a contract basis.He said about half of the operational staff had been laid off a few weeks ago and it was still not clear whether they would be absorbed into public service.

Prof. Wijesinghe said that despite his assurances two weeks ago that SCOOP would not close down the decision on the future of SCOPP was not in his hands but that of the presidential secretariat.

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