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* Sri Lanka's reconciliation commission preparing its report
Thu, Jul 21, 2011, 12:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 21, Colombo: The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed to probe Sri Lanka's civil war with the Tamil Tiger terrorists has finished gathering evidence and prepares to hand over its report to the President next month, a report said.

The LLRC spokesman Lakshman Wickremasinghe has said that the Commission has stopped gathering evidence from the public now as they have enough information to compile a report and give recommendations, Xinhua reported.

The Commission is reportedly in the process of preparing its report and has completed about 85 percent of the report. It expects to hand over the preliminary report to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in August.

The Commission says it has been asked to make recommendations to prevent some incidents that took place during the war from happening again.

Wickremasinghe has told Xinhua that the final report of the commission including the recommendations will be completed by November this year and handed over to Rajapaksa.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed the LLRC in May 2010 to probe the events in the period between 21st February 2002 to 19th May 2009 and report on the lessons to be learnt from those events and whether any person, group, or institution directly or indirectly bears responsibility for those events.

The LLRC held its first sittings on August 11, 2010. In November 2010, the President extended its mandate till May 15, 2011.

In its report, the Panel of Experts, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to investigate accountability issues during the later stages of the Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tiger terrorists, had criticized the LLRC saying that it does not meet international standards.



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