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LLRC first to Parliament then to UNSG

By S.Selvakumar
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Sunday would be first submitted to Parliament within next fortnight and thereafter to United Nations Secretary General, top government sources disclosed.
The eight member commission was chaired by former Attorney-General C.R.de Silva and comprised with former Foreign Secretary H.M.G.S. Palihakara, former advisor to the External Affairs Ministry Dr. Rohan Perera, Senior Attorney-at-Law M.T.M. Bafiq, former Deputy Secretary to the Treasury C. Chanmugam, former professor of Criminal Justice of University of Nevada, Karunaratne Hangawatte, former High Court Judge Maxwel Paranagama and Deputy Legal Draftsman Manohari Ramanathan.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed LLRC sequel to various comments made by several international organisations and certain countries on the conduct of the war against the LTTE and especially the damage caused to ordinary masses and properties during the final stage of the war. Several organisations commented on alleged atrocities by the government forces during the final phase ended in May 2009.
The main sessions of the Commission was conducted at the BMICH while session was also held at several locations in the North and East. Several persons including academics, journalists, bureaucrats and ordinary people especially at Mullaitivu gave evidence before the Commission. The war was brought to an end in Mulliwaikkal in Mullaitivu where security forces killed the LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran and his close commanders.
LLRC was appointed by President Rajapaksa on May 15, 2010 a year after the defeat of LTTE while United States Secretary General Ban ki-Moon submitted Darusman report to the Human Rights Council of September 14, 2011.