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Sri Lanka has achieved considerable progress in implementing the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and ready to defend its record at the next session in Geneva, Foreign Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said.

So says the President’s Media Unit. We are a tad less sanguine. Even a cursory reading of the latest LLRC NAP Monitoring Report, updated on 2013.01.22, indicates significant gaps between propaganda and reality.

As we tweeted a few days ago,

Based on the above, we asked the international community why they aren’t more rigorously questioning the Sri Lankan government on its unfulfilled pledges.

We also flagged how propaganda and misdirection have subsumed meaningful implementation of even a severely truncated selection from the full list of recommendations, as noted in the LLRC Final Report.

If the Sri Lankan government can’t even report honestly about promises its made, what real hope for reconciliation is there?

  • georgethebushpig

    Dear GV,

    “a tad less sanguine” – it’s only January and you’ve already claimed the understament of the year!


  • After reading all the tweets given above I just could not resist quoting from an article I wrote to groundviews in May 2010 under the caption – The Latest Commission of Inquiry in Sri Lanka – Another Exercise in Deception.
    “It is obvious from the very beginning that this Commission is going to be another in the series of deceptive commissions appointed so far, and would suffer the same fate as most of the other Commissions.”

    What is happening today with the LLRC Report is just what was expected to happen by persons who are observing closely what is happening in the country. Lies and deceptions are the order of the day when it comes to statements issued by the Government and its various spokesmen. They have all lost their credibility. All right thinking people should be ashamed that we are being ruled by such a coterie today.