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Dec 26, 2016

Reconciliation secretariat report to President Featured

A detailed report inclusive of the public opinion with regard to postwar reconciliation among the communities will be handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena on January 03, said the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms.

On the same day, the SCRM will launch its website, its secretary Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu has told 'BBC Sandeshaya'.

According to him, the SCRM has received nearly 7,500 suggestions in the course of its deliberations with the public and religious leaders across the island.

Noting the government has promised to consider public opinion when establishing four mechanisms as per the Geneva proposal on war crimes, he said it could be seen if the suggestions received by the SCRM would be used for the purpose.

Answering a question, he said he had advised the government against the presentation of the office of the missing persons act when it did so.

In necessary, amendments can be introduced to the act as an OMP is yet to be established, he noted.

The President, prime minister or the leader of the opposition have not responded favourably to SCRM requests for an opportunity to handover the detailed report in the past few weeks.

The SCRM is tasked with designing and creating mechanisms to achieve truth, justice, reparations and non-recurrence.

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