Reconciliation process is moving ahead on four pillars: Min. Samaraweera

Reconciliation process is moving ahead on four pillars: Min. Samaraweera

Written by Staff Writer

06 Jul, 2016 | 9:49 pm

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera says that the reconciliation process in the country is moving ahead on four pillars.

The minister addressed a media briefing on Wednesday July 6t after returning from Geneva,Switzerland where he addressed the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera revealed on Wednesday that the reconciliation process is based on four main pillars – namely truth-seeking, accountability, reparations and non-recurrence.

He pointed out that the Secretariat for Coordination of Reconciliation Mechanisms has already been established through cabinet approval.

” We have received approval to set up an office of missing persons and this has been tabled before parliament as well. We will also set up a truth-seeking commission which will take into account the details provided by all stakeholders including those affected by the war, the Tamil people as well as members of the army who fought in the war. We will also obtain the views of the people in the south. We will set up this commission by September”, said Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

The minister also made clarifications regarding the accountability process that is to be followed. He added that they will set up legal institutions to mete out justice if any wrongs were committed.

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