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* Sri Lankan government's reconciliation programme moving forward - Minister
Fri, Feb 14, 2014, 12:39 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has implemented 75 percent of the recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the government's reconciliation programme is constantly moving forward, a government minister said Thursday.

Addressing the weekly cabinet news briefing Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella the government is satisfied with the progress of implementing LLRC recommendations and there are many factors that affect the reconciliation.

He said that taking measures to circulate more money among the people, uplift their living standards, and increase their avenues of earnings are necessary for achieving reconciliation and the government has directed attention to those measures.

The Minister said the government has carried out a massive task to establish peace and reconciliation during the past four years.

He pointed out that most surrendered LTTE members, even the hardcore cadres have been rehabilitated and some of them have even been recruited to the police force.

Responding to media questions about the UN resolution that would be tabled next month at the Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Minister Rambukwella said the resolution is a serious concern for the government but the country is ready to face it in an optimistic manner.

He said Sri Lanka has done an incredible amount of work for reconciliation but the country feels that the international community "keeps changing the specifications" of what they expect from the government to achieve

Rambukwella said many countries have expressed their support to Sri Lanka and the countries pushing for a resolution have a "hidden agenda".

The government has been sending special envoys to member states of the UNHRC to enlighten the progress on the implementation of LLRC recommendations and the measures taken to address reconciliation and accountability issues and to garner their support to counter the resolution.

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