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President instructs expeditious action plan for reconciliation

President Ranil Wickremesinghe convened a discussion at the Presidential Secretariat on Thursday (8) to address the Action Plan for Reconciliation.

The President instructed the relevant departments to expedite the drafting of legislation necessary for the plan’s implementation. The progress of initiatives within five key areas - legislation, institutional activities, land issues, prisoner release, and power decentralisation, was also reviewed.

The discussion encompassed several important topics. The implementation of the

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the establishment of a National Land Council, and the formulation of a National Land Policy were among the matters addressed.

Additionally, the President emphasised the need for enhanced operations of the Office of Missing Persons, including digitization efforts and the issuance of Certificates of Absence for individuals who had previously disappeared without trace.

Furthermore, President Wickremesinghe instructed the relevant parties to complete the ongoing initiatives to establish the Office of Reparations and the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation within the next two to three months. A comprehensive report on the progress of these programmes was also requested.

Regarding land-related issues, particular attention was given to resolving problems associated with displaced persons; resettlement, releasing privately held lands for public use, and addressing Mahaweli lands concerns. The President emphasised the urgency of taking immediate action to settle these land-related issues and tasked the officials with devising effective mechanisms for their resolution.

The President instructed the relevant officials to submit a detailed report through the Justice Ministry to address the release of prisoners and amnesty matters.

The discussion also covered topics such as power decentralisation, provincial-level development plans and the appointment of a Provincial Ombudsman. These matters were thoroughly deliberated upon to ensure effective governance and progress at the provincial level.

Several key individuals participated in the discussion, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, President’s Senior Adviser on National Security and Chief of Presidential Staff

Sagala Ratnayake, President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake, Prime Minister’s Secretary Anura Dissanayake, Defence Ministry Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne (Rtd), Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam, and other heads of relevant line agencies.

Additionally, the Executive Director of the Missing Persons Office, District Secretaries of Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Batticaloa, Ampara, and Trincomalee and

Land Commissioners of Eastern and Northern Provinces, joined the discussion via Zoom technology.


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