The Sunday Leader

Government Rejects Internal Criticism Over LLRC

By Maryam Azwer

The Government maintains that its position on the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report will remain the same, despite the criticism the report recently drew from certain Government Ministers.
“The Government’s view was expressed explicitly by the Leader of the House, in Parliament. He also gave the modalities, and roughly the time frame and manner in which it can be looked at. That is the Government’s position,” said Government Spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella.
Initially, criticism of the much awaited final report of the LLRC came mainly from opposition parties such as the TNA and the international community.
Last week however, two Government Ministers also found certain faults with regard to the report.
Senior Cabinet Minister and EPDP leader, Douglas Devananda, said that the EPDP believed the LLRC had ‘ulterior motives’ because the report was leaked to the press before it was tabled in parliament.
He told The Sunday Leader that he believed it was the LLRC who had leaked the report. He said that the LLRC also had ‘ulterior motives regarding the EPDP’, because of the allegations made against the EPDP in its report. Devananda also claimed that there had been a misrepresentation of his submissions to the Commission.
Meanwhile, Minister of Power and Energy and JHU General Secretary, Patali Champika Ranawaka, said that the LLRC had exceeded its mandate by recommending devolution of power.
The Government Spokesperson’s response to these statements was that “Those are ideas and viewpoints of each political party which are under the umbrella organisation of the UPFA. That is the kind of democracy that is exercised within the party. They take a point of view on certain things, but by and large and overall, it is a collective decision that will prevail at the end of the day.” This collective decision, Rambukwella added, “was set out very categorically and explicitly” by the Leader of the House, Nimal Sirirpala de Silva, when he presented the LLRC report to Parliament last month.

2 Comments for “Government Rejects Internal Criticism Over LLRC”

  1. Bruz

    No criticism of LLRC should be entertained, and legal actions against those two ministers must be taken to stop any more agitation from any corner, be it internal or external.

  2. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    Hon.Devananda, you are forcing the GOSL to conduct Provincial Councils Elections to the North as soon as possible and also you are very ambitious to become the Provincial minister. But we say if it is so you are not suitable to become that post. Secondly we say considering the most current Geo Political Factores(considering forthcoming ten years) we need not a seperate PC to the North. If so the Government has the full responsibility to go for a referemdum and ask the people whether she need the PCs or not. According to our most recent research 87% of the people will reject the PCs.
    Furthermore LLRC report is a bundle of papers prepared by some 5-6 people using evidence of people like Rajitha Senarathne.Yo must hear the voice of the entire NATION using a referendum.

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