Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka's LLRC report does not address accountability adequately - US
Mon, Mar 5, 2012, 09:08 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Geneva: The United States says the report of the Lessons Learnt and reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Sri Lanka's domestic body that probed the country's armed conflict does not adequately address the issue of accountability.

Addressing the 15th meeting of the 19th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today, the US delegate John C. Mariz said the LLRC report does not include any plan to implement its recommendations, nor does it adequately address the crucial issue of accountability.

The US says accountability can play an important role in the reconciliation process as evidenced by the recent history from countries that have undergone similar experiences.

A resolution against Sri Lanka backed by the US, is expected to be brought before the UNHRC to press Sri Lankan government to promptly implement the recommendations made by the LLRC and address the accountability for the war crimes allegedly occurred during the final phase of the battle with the Tamil Tiger terrorists.

A draft resolution has been circulated among the UNHRC's 47 members.

Several member states, especially China, Russia and Pakistan, have shown support to Sri Lanka to fend off the resolution arguing that the UN should not address country-specific situations.

However, the US disagreed with the notion saying that the credibility of UN's human rights machinery depends on its capacity to address urgent and persistent human rights situations to protect people who suffer under oppressive governments.

The delegate said as US Secretary of State Ms. Hilary Clinton has noted, the US is prepared to work with Sri Lanka in order to bring lasting peace to the island.

Sri Lanka says the government is taking measures to implement the LLRC recommendations methodically and it needs time and space to work towards reconciliation without interference from the international community.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Government to place public funds under direct supervision of the Treasury
-- [57 minutes ago]
RE/MAX enters Sri Lanka's booming Eastern Coast property market
-- [2 hours ago]
Southern Expressway extension from Matara to Hambanthota to open for public in August
Chairman of Sanasa Bank at Wigoda, Gampaha arrested for misappropriating over Rs. 750 million of funds
Foundation laid for 2,126th model village named after cricket legend Kumara Sangakkara
Sports Minister clarifies that he has no involvement in team selections
Area for leopard sightseeing at Kumana National Park closed off for tourists after worker killed
Comprehensive probe into giving wrong bodies to families at Kalutara Hospital
PNB recovers over 3 kg of heroin in a garage near Southern expressway entrance
Solar Industries Association seeks immediate approval for small solar power projects to end power crisis

Copyright © 2000, 2010 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.