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* Sri Lanka sets up agency to implement measures recommended by reconciliation commission
Thu, Oct 28, 2010, 08:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 28, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to establish an Inter-Agency Advisory Group (IAAG) to facilitate the early implementation of the interim recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The Cabinet today approved the measure paving the way for the government to redress some of the issues brought to the attention of the LLRC.

The LLRC in an Interim Communication submitted to the President on September 13, 2010 has recommended promptly processing the cases relating to persons in detention, in keeping with the due process, and keeping family members informed in the event of the change of location of detainees.

The LLRC has also recommended the government to assure that private land in the former conflict areas may not be used by any government agencies.

The issue of language has been addressed by the Commission and it has suggested administrative changes to make officials to use the people's own language in government affairs to facilitate closer interaction between people and government authorities.

The LLRC has recommended strengthening law and order in former conflict areas and disarming of any remaining armed groups carrying illegal weapons.

The advisory group is also expected to encourage socio-economic progress in the region and facilitate livelihood efforts through improvement in coordination and communication among relevant agencies.

The government has already implemented some of those recommendations in the Interim Communication, the Government Information Department said.

A government communiqué issued today said the High Security Zones are being progressively reduced in extent and land in such areas is available to be restored to due ownership or to be allocated for social and development needs.

"Approximately 5,120 of the 11,696 LTTE cadres who surrendered themselves at the end of the conflict in May 2009 have already been rehabilitated and integrated in the society," it said.

The government said it is working towards ensuring the language rights of all citizens as per the Constitution.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in May 2010 appointed the eight-member LLRC to report on the lessons to be learnt from the events in the period from 21st February 2002 to 19th May 2009.

The Commission chaired by the former Attorney General Chitta Ranjan de Silva commenced its public sittings on August 11, 2010.



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