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* Sri Lanka's Commission on Missing Persons begins public sittings in Mullaitivu
Sat, Jul 5, 2014, 09:56 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 05, Mullaitivu: The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka today began public sittings to hear cases of missing in Mullaitivu District where the 30-year long conflict between the security forces and the Tamil Tiger terrorists ended in May 2009.

The Commission began its fifth round of Public Sittings at the Puthukudiyiruppu Divisional Secretariat in Mullaitivu District Saturday and will continue tomorrow as well.

The Commission will hold next sittings in the district at the Maritimepattu Divisional Secretariat on July 7th and 8th.

In today's session, the Commission has interviewed 25 out of the 60 complaints it invited for hearing while 152 new cases were registered with the Commission today.

The Commission has held its previous public sittings in Northern and Eastern provinces covering Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Batticaloa Districts.

The Commission, to date, has received 18,789 complaints, and approximately 5,000 were from relatives of missing security forces personnel. The Commission has so far inquired into 462 complaints, which are being analyzed for further investigations through an independent investigation team.

The Commission appointed by the President on 14 August 2013, is mandated to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances during the period June 10, 1990, to May 19, 2009.

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