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* Sri Lankan government to keep family members informed of detainees' whereabouts
Fri, Dec 24, 2010, 04:25 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 24, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will take measures to keep the family members of the detainees informed of their whereabouts using all available communication methods in the country, the government announced.

The decision has been taken as a result of the interim recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) during a meeting with the Inter Agency Committee (IAC) chaired by Attorney-General Mohan Peiris.

The IAC, which has been established to implement the interim recommendations of the LLRC, and the members of the LLRC had met earlier this month to discuss the measures to be taken for furthering reconciliation process.

At the meeting the IAC and LLRC had made several decisions to resolve the issues brought to the attention of the LLRC during its sessions.

As decided in the meeting, the Commission Secretariat will immediately refer any material presented to the LLRC during its public sessions both in Colombo and outside that may warrant further inquiry or investigation, to the IAC for action.

The members have also decided to take every effort to ensure that the necessary information on the rehabilitation and resettlement efforts are available, especially to the public in the former conflict affected areas of the North and the East.

In addition, it has been decided to reiterate the permanent instructions given to the law enforcement authorities concerning the collection of unauthorized weaponry throughout the island.

"The Inter Agency Committee will be continuing its work both through formal sessions as well as through informal consultations, until such time as the matters brought to the attention by the LLRC are resolved in keeping with the Cabinet decision establishing the IAC," the government said.

The Sri Lankan government established the IAC in October this year as a domestic mechanism to give impetus to the reconciliation process. It is entrusted with the task of implementing the interim measures recommended by the LLRC.

The IAC comprises Secretaries to the Ministries of Defence, Public Administration and Home Affairs, Justice, Economic Development, Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, External Affairs and the Secretary to the Presidential Task Force for Resettlement Development and Security in the Northern Province.

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