Sept 30, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka says that most recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report have been implemented.
External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama has said that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay cannot issue a deadline to the Sri Lankan government since most of the LLRC recommendations have been implemented.
However, he has observed that there are some shortcomings in the process, which the government will address in the future.
He has also denied that Pillay has issued any "deadline" to the Sri Lankan government.
According to Amunugama, what Pillay has stated in her submission to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is that she would include the steps taken by the government in her report in March 2014 if it met her expectations.
Pillay's statement to the UNHRC delivered through her deputy noted that there was no new or comprehensive effort to independently or credibly investigate the allegations.
In the statement the High Commissioner encouraged the Sri Lankan Government to use the time between now and March 2014 to "engage in a credible national process with tangible results, including the successful prosecution of individual perpetrators."
In the absence of any such action, Pillay said, she believes the international community will have a duty to establish its own inquiry mechanisms.