"We are ready for domestic probe mechanism" – Mangala

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 - 7:56

Sri Lanka reiterating its political will and commitment for democracy and good governance asked the United Nations and the international community to have faith in the new government and support and strengthen it to succeed.

Addressing the high-level segment of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the Sri Lankan government achieved much during its 48 days in office but there are many more hurdles remain.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the content of the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka too can be taken into account by domestic investigative and judicial mechanisms which we are in the process of setting up.

The Minister emphasized that the Government has already begun discussions regarding the nature of local mechanisms that should be put in place for this purpose including amendments to existing laws.

The Minister informed that recognizing the need to rebuild trust, harmony and an inclusive nation to bring about reconciliation, the President has set up a Special Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation which will function directly under the President.

This mechanism would, among other matters, identify immediate problems that require to be solved and recommend solutions to achieve reconciliation.