The government has decided to continue the process of implementing the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission without the participation of the Opposition or holding a referendum on it.
Leader of the House and Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday that the government had decided to implement those recommendations long before the international community demanded it to do so.
It was wrong for some political parties and groups to interpret that as something the international community had got the government to implement and the government had succumbed to international pressure, Minister De Silva. “The Opposition has resorted to fish in troubled waters. We do not expect their participation in implementing the LLRC recommendations.”
The minister said: “There are some others who talk of holding a referendum on it. There is no necessity for that as we have already commenced their implementation.”
He said that the government was not ready to implement all the recommendations as suggested by US led anti Sri Lankan lobby at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva recently.
“We would implement only what we accept and consider feasible,” Minister Silva said adding that the government was not bound to reply to India or any other nation in this regard.
by Piyasena Dissanayake