TNA Finds Contradictions In LLRC Report
By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema
The TNA says the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has severely contradicted itself in the conclusion of its report.
TNA parliamentarian and Attorney M.A. Sumanthiran said the party was currently studying the full report and would make an official response once the examination is concluded.
However, Sumanthiran told The Sunday Leader that at first glance it was noticed that the Commission has severely contradicted itself by concluding that the civilians had not been deliberately targeted by the security forces in the final stages of the war.
He said that while the LLRC has claimed that the Commission had no mandate to investigate into any incident and has recommended independent investigations into certain issues, it had concluded that civilians had not been deliberately targeted and has commended the conduct of the armed forces.
“How can the LLRC come to such a conclusion without investigating into the matter?” he queried.
“The LLRC has contradicted itself by making such statements,” he added. Sumanthiran also noted another crucial factor in the LLRC report noted while reading through it.
“A crucial factor is the announcement made by the government that there were only 70,000 civilians in the conflict zone during the final stages of the war when official statistics at the time stated there was a population of over 400,000 civilians in the conflict zone at the time,” he explained.
According to Sumanthiran, it is an important issue that has not been dealt with in the LLRC report.
“The LLRC has commended the conduct of the armed forces and commented on civilian casualties without addressing this important issue,” he said.