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Wigneswaran says 'no effective steps taken' over enforced disappearances.

Marking International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the chief minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran criticised the government's failure to make progress on the issue despite promises made to the international community. 

"Today is International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Many demonstrations are afoot at the moment throughout the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Even though we had been writing as well as orally calling upon the Government to take meaningful steps regarding Missing Persons, such steps have not been taken so far in this regard," Justice Wigneswaran said in a statement released yesterday. 

"The Govemment undertook to the International Community that they would take immediate steps to investigate into the fate of the Missing Persons. So far no effective steps have been taken."

"The International Community has given another two years' period to the Govemment of Sri Lanka to fulfil their commitments. It is high time the International Community gives adequate pressure to the Government to investigate immediately the fate of the Missing Persons."

"The victims of enforced disappearance who are demonstrating today should be assured that we do support them in their agitation and peaceful demonstrations."