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Lanka says no "indecent hurry" to make war report public

[PTI, Thursday, 8 December 2011 13:46 No Comment]

(PTI) Responding to criticism that the government was deliberately delaying making public the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the Sri Lankan government today said there was no indecent hurry to do so.

"We do not agree with the view that there should be an indecent hurry to make it public", Keheliya Rambukwella, the minister of media and the government spokesman told reporters.

He said president Mahinda Rajapaksa was studying it closely and it would be presented in parliament at the appropriate time.

Rambukwella said there was no question of a delay in its presentation adding "the 9/11 commission in the US took five years to release its report".

The LLRC appointed by Rajapaksa to look back at the island”s separatist conflict involving the LTTE handed their report on November 20.

It is being speculated here that the report might be presented in Parliament on or before December 21.

The contents of the report are not known but is expected to address concerns over Lanka”s rights accountability during the last phase of the military offensive against the LTTE.

The LLRC has come under international focus ever since the UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon”s special advisory panel issued its report in April accusing both the government and the LTTE of war crimes.

The panel advocated an international investigation into accusations.

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