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Picking numbers from thin air: The government’s lies around reconciliation

Photo courtesy Colombo Gazette

A tweet from the government’s official Twitter account around the LLRC National Action Plan noted the following today,

In February 2014, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister said the following,

External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka Prof. G.L. Peiris says the government has implemented 85 percent of the recommendations in the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report.

Over a year ago, in March 2013, senior Government Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe noted that,

…the government has implemented 99 percent of the recommendations of the reconciliation commission already,as it prepares to face a US-backed resolution at the UNHRC.

In November 2013, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge “said that fifty percent of the recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission have been implemented” (the link to the website at present throws up a malware warning, so here’s a screenshot of the article).

We wonder what the greater tragedy is – whether it is government that so openly lies with impunity, or the seeming inability of the seniormost diplomats in the world to call the government’s bluff, just a simple Google search away.