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* Sri Lanka dismisses EP concerns, says no need for outside pressure to implement LLRC recommendations
Sat, Dec 14, 2013, 01:24 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka today dismissed a resolution passed by the European Parliament Thursday asking the Sri Lankan government to implement the recommendation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Committee in full.

Responding to the resolution in a media briefing today, the government spokesman Minister of Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said there is no need for the pressure from outside for Sri Lanka to do what's best for the people and the country.

"President appointed the LLRC thinking about our own people and our country so there is no need for pressure from anyone outside," Minister Rambukwella said.

The European Parliament at its plenary session in Strasbourg Thursday while appreciating the restoration of peace and welcoming the first ever elections in the Northern Province, expressed concerns over the remaining considerable military presence in the former conflict areas and continuing reports of intimidation and human rights violations.

The Minister explained that some of the recommendations have already been implemented.

"But some of them need medium and long term work. Some needs even constitutional amendments," Rambukwella said.

The EP in its resolution said the Sri Lankan government must intensify its efforts to fully implement the LLRC recommendations concerning credible investigations, demilitarization, and the establishment of land dispute resolution mechanisms, amongst others.

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