The Sunday Leader

UNP Against TRC

By Rasika Jayakody

The United National Party said it did not have faith in a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, which has been proposed for Sri Lanka.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader, UNP Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said there was no point in forming a Truth and Reconciliation Commission when the “hard recommendations” of the LLRC are yet to be implemented.

Denying the claims that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission comes as part of implementing the LLRC recommendations the UNP Parliamentarian said that nowhere in the world has one commission been appointed to implement the recommendations of another commission.

“In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission worked because leaders like Nelson Mandela had the heart to forgive. Do the leaders of the present government have the heart to forgive? Soon after the war ended, they gathered on the streets and ate kiribath! They didn’t think that those who died in the war were also citizens of the same country,” Kiriella said.

He added that as an immediate measure, the government should fulfil the promises it has made to the international community.
“At the UNHRC session in 2009, the government made two promises i.e., to implement a political solution based on the 13th Amendment and to hold a credible domestic inquiry into human rights allegations. The international community is now coming after the government because it has not fulfilled those promises,” he added.

Meanwhile, TNA Parliamentarian Mavai Senathirajah told The Sunday Leader that the TNA does not have faith in the government and therefore the party does not believe that any domestic mechanism would mete out justice to victims of war.

“We have no faith in the government and therefore, we don’t think the government would initiate a credible domestic inquiry.
That is why we demand an international inquiry into war crimes allegations. In the end, the people of this country should be able to uncover the truth, but we don’t think the government has any intention of facilitating that process,” the TNA Parliamentarian said.

2 Comments for “UNP Against TRC”

  1. TRC is another brain child of Rajapakse’s administration to fool Geneva for the March session. I think President is pushing his luck this time. I may be wrong. China and Russia are with us to help us. But we must not forget we need West more than Russia and China for our business. We cannot survive without doing business with West. So we need to very careful. Why can’t our President implement what is mentioned in the LLRC recommendation. After all LLRC is the brain child of our President. May be our President is worried about the voters bank for the coming Presidential election. Time will tell.

  2. D,G,Dayaratne

    Govt can’t maintain present authoritarian rule by implementing LLRC


    Even UNP govt will not do it if they come to power

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