Dec 03, London: Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma Monday welcomed Sri Lanka's measure to conduct an island wide census to assess the human and property damages occurred during nearly three-decade long armed conflict.
Issuing a statement, the Commonwealth Secretary-General said the last week's announcement by the Sri Lankan government to conduct a national census to determine the extent of the loss of life during the country's 26-year old civil war, is a welcome step.
"This will advance the process of post-conflict reconciliation sought in the national Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation report," Sharma further said.
The island‐wide census will collect detailed information on the deaths, missing persons, injured and/or disabled persons, and damages to the property due to internal conflicts from 1982 onwards.
"We hope that every attempt will be made to record accurately the information and chronologies provided by victims, families and witnesses. We encourage all concerned to provide the information required," the Secretary-General said.
He hoped that the findings of the census will be made public after its completion.
According to the Department of Census and Statistics the Census will be completed by 20th December and the report will be made available by March next year.
"Healing and enduring reconciliation will only come about when the truth is known about what happened in the past," Sharma said.