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‘Lanka probe report on ethnic conflict by Nov 15’

[PTI, Monday, 22 August 2011 08:35 No Comment]

A Sri Lankan panel looking into the ethnic conflict in the country will submit its crucial report by November 15, a top official of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa set up the LLRC in May 2010 to probe the events between February 2002 to May 2009 when the civil war came to an end with the defeat of the LTTE.

LLRC spokesman Lakshman Wickremasinghe said there is no pressure on the reconciliation panel.

Neither the United Nations nor the government could pressure the LLRC to complete its probe report by September to present it to the UN General Assembly, Wickremasinghe was quoted as saying by Colombopage, the Sri Lankan online newspaper.

He said the government was unlikely to put pressure on the LLRC and seek the Commission’s final report in a hurry.

The LLRC said its final report would be submitted on November 15 and not before the set date due to any pressure.

The LLRC final report would, therefore, not be submitted to the UN General Assembly, the report said.

‘Lanka probe report on ethnic conflict by Nov 15’

LLRC was mandated by the government to file a report on the lessons to be learnt from those events and whether any person, group, or institution directly or indirectly bears responsibility for the three-decade conflict.

The international community, particularly the western nations, have asked Sri Lanka to probe alleged human rights violations during the final stages of the ethnic conflict.

The LLRC held its first sittings on August 11, 2010. In November 2010, President Rajapaksa extended its mandate till May 15, 2011.

A three-member UN panel headed by Marzuki Darusman called for an international probe into alleged war crimes during the civil war.

The Sri Lankan government has rejected the UN report as "fundamentally flawed" and "based on patently biased material, which is presented without any verification."

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