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* Sri Lanka Marxist party says Reconciliation Commission is a waste of public money and time
Mon, Dec 19, 2011, 12:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP )says the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed to probe the events during the last seven years of war, has failed to address important issues.

The JVP has said that instead of finding out reasons for the emergence of a national question and a separatist struggle, the Commission has merely inquired into a few incidents that occurred between February 21, 2002 and May 19, 2009.

Issuing a statement, the JVP Politburo has noted that the LLRC need not have made the recommendations on implementing urgent issues such as resettling the war displaced, giving assistance to begin their lives again, giving back their lands, releasing political prisoners, solving issues of the disappeared, establishing civil administration and establishing democracy and good governance.

According to the JVP, the Commission has completely disregarded the important factors such as the manner governments that came to power acted during the three decade long separatist struggle, the moves of the separatist movement, the intervention in the national question in Sri Lanka by imperialism and the neighbouring India.

The Marxist party has charged that limiting the powers of this commission for several incidents that occurred during a few years indicate the move to appoint the Commission was only to evade the real issue and to "spend the day" avoiding international opposition to the President and the government.

"As in other instances this (the Commission) is a waste of public money and time," the JVP has said.

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