(FM Samaraweera defending the OMP bill in the parliament)
tatement on the passing of the Office of Missing Persons Bill by the Sri Lankan parliament
The UK welcomes the passing of the Office of Missing Persons Bill. It is a significant step forward on the path to reconciliation. Its implementation will help the families of people who are missing across all Sri Lanka’s communities to establish the fate of their loved ones and to foster reconciliation.
We recognise that the Office will face a significant challenge resolving many thousands of cases. Investigating these with rigour, in ways sympathetic to the needs of victims’ families, will take time and perseverance.