Lankan Army for action plan on LLRC recommendations
Colombo, March 14 (PTI) Facing the heat at home and abroad for its alleged complicity in the war crimes during the last phase of war with LTTE, Sri Lankan Army today said it will come out with its own action plan for the implementation of a government probe on the incidents.
The Ministry of Defence said that an action plan detailing as to how the recommendations of the government appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations could be implemented will soon be handed over to the ministry by the Sri Lankan Army.
The Army is under fresh pressure after a documentary on Britain''s Channel 4 alleged that troops executed Velupillai Prabhakaran''s 12-year-old son at close range in the bloody finale to the civil war in 2009.
The Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya said earlier in the week that a board comprising senior Army officers were formulating the plan and its draft would soon be readied.
The proposal on the action plan came in the wake of a US sponsored resolution at the on going 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva against Sri Lanka.
The resolution seeks to bind the Sri Lankan government to LLRC recommendations in order to achieve full implementation.
The LLRC recommendations are being cited as key to Sri Lanka achieving reconciliation with its Tamil minority at the end of the decades old separatist campaign.
The LLRC while asserting that the military had not deliberately targeted civilians, recommended that Army should investigate excesses if any during the final battle with the LTTE which ended three years ago.
Jayasuriya last month appointed a Court of Inquiry as an initial fact-finding mission which he said was akin to a non-summary inquiry by a magistrate. If there is a prima facie case disclosed against any person from the evidence led before the Court of Inquiry, a General Court Martial, is convened to try the alleged offenders, the army said.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
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