Prof G L Peiris tells Ugandan government:
External meddling will hamper SL’s progress
Sri Lanka entitled to far ampler space, time to
continue domestic process:
External intervention at this time is singularly unhelpful and will
indeed inflict grave damage on a sensitive internal process which is
moving forward, External Affairs Minister Professor G L Peiris said in
Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday.
He made these remarks during a series of meetings with Ugandan
Prof Peiris had meetings in the Ugandan capital with Uganda Vice
President Edward Sekandi, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Foreign
Affairs Minister Oryem Okello.
“The strength of the feeling in the country is reflected in the
manifestation of opinion throughout the nation on Monday, by all
communities in all parts of the island in unison,” the minister said.
Prof Peiris said all religious leaders including Buddhist prelates
and Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith had expressed this view with great
Minister Peiris explained in detail at his discussions in Kampala the
substantial progress which had been made since the presentation of the
Report of the Lessons Learnt
and Reconciliation Commission to Parliament on December 17 last year.
He said that the government had identified the steps required to
implement the major recommendations contained in the Report, together
with priorities, while also assigning responsibility to different
ministries, departments and statutory corporations for giving effect in
a systematic way to different categories of recommendations.
The minister laid particular stress on the work being done by the
Attorney-General, a member of the Sri Lankan delegation in Geneva, in
respect of accountability issues.
A significant development, Professor Peiris commented, is the
completion of a census by the government, which enables numbers of
families and persons in the Northern Province affected by the war to be
determined on a verifiable basis, without surmise or speculation.
In light of the results already achieved on the ground in respect of
a wide range of issues including resettlement of internally displaced
persons, the rehabilitation of ex-combatants, and the revival of the
economy of those parts of the country specially affected by the
conflict, these represent a degree of progress which far exceeds what
has been accomplished in comparable post-conflict situations in other
regions of the world, Prof Peiris said.
He commented on the brevity of the period - less than six weeks -
which had elapsed between the publication of the Commission Report and
the decision by the United States to bring a resolution in respect of
Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council during its current session.