Mahinda Rajapaksa Asks Coalition Partners For Their Stances By Tomorrow
The coalition parties in the governing UPFA are to submit in writing tomorrow (23) the position of each party on the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations.
The 14 coalition parties in the People’s Alliance government have been directed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hand over in writing to the Presidential Secretariat their stance on the recommendations of the LLRC and its implementation. Rajapaksa had issued this directive at a meeting with the coalition party leaders last Wednesday before the weekly Cabinet meeting.
The President who chaired the meeting had explained that it was necessary for the UPFA to reach a consensus on the LLRC recommendations and its implementations since most coalition parties had diverse views on the matter.
A party leader who attended the meeting told The Sunday Leader that External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris had distributed copies of a summarized version of the LLRC recommendations in point form among the party leaders.
The President had asked the party leaders to go back to their party’s decision making bodies immediately.
Once the Presidential Secretariat receives the official positions of the parties, a final report listing out the position of each party would be prepared to be taken up for discussion at the next party leaders’ meeting.
“The government is looking at implementing the recommendations that receive the consensus of all the parties and subject to discussion any other LLRC recommendations that have received diverse views,” a party leader said.
Meanwhile, the government has also commenced preparing an action plan on the implementation of LLRC recommendations.
The Sunday Leader learns that the Ministries of Defense and External Affairs and the Attorney General’s Department are coordinating the action plan.