Nov 23, 2017

Govt. admits delay in serving justice for war-affected Featured

Sri Lankan officials have admitted at the UN Peace Building Commission there was some truth to allegations by the UN, human rights groups and Tamils that there had been a delay in serving justice for the war-affected people, according to

They told the commission at a meeting in New York early this week that transitional justice has not been ensured speedily.

Govt. remain committed despite delay

Foreign secretary Prasad Kariyawasam and Reconciliation Secretariat chief Mano Tittawella remarked that despite the delay, the government remained committed to make sure that transitional justice was served.

Kariyawasam said he was amazed by the progress made within a short period of 34 months.

That does not mean we are satisfied with the pace, he said, adding that much remains to be done.

UN officials, including UNHRC chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and UN special rapporteur Pablo de Greiff, have repeatedly expressed concern over this delay and the failure to fulfill most recommendations for the welfare of the war-affected.

Seeks continued support

Tittawella too, admitted the delay and sought continuous support and partnership of the international community to accomplish the objectives.

The office of missing persons would begin to be fully operational next year, he assured.

He also said a communication programme would be in place to fight racist forces who tried to derail the transitional justice process.

Central Bank governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy told the commission that the government intended achieving an economic growth driven by the private sector and based on exports and direct foreign investment.