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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 19:36
Govt will not allow Pillai's committee to enter SL; says President to foreign media.
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Two new members - Avdash Kaushal and Ahmer Bilal Soofie - have been appointed to the Advisory Committee to the Commission on Disappearances raising its membership to five.

Disclosing this to Foreign Correspondents based in Sri Lanka at the Temple Trees today, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the appointments were made on the request of the Chairman of the Commission Maxwell Paranagama who said it would be useful to have the advice of international experts for the proper functioning of the Commission.

President Rajapakas said that the Commission has already received nearly 20 thouand complaints and it is looking into them.

President clarified it is a domestic inquiry and the mandate of the Advisory Committee is to provide advise as and when requested by the Commission.

He said that Sri Lanka did not recognize the OHCHR Investigations panel and the government would not cooperate with the panel as the ‘probe is unacceptable’.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa extended the term of the commission investigating disappearances in the North and East until February 15th, 2015.

Last month, President named a three-member international advisory panel comprising Sir Desmond de Silva, Sir Geoffrey Nice and Professor David Crane to advise the Disappearances Commission.

The members of the panel Desmond Silva and Nice are from Britain while David Crane is a US national.
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