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Accountability and reconciliation impossible together – Sri Lankan official

The presidential secretary has said to journalists in Colombo that there cannot be reconciliation in the country if moves for accountability are made.

“My argument (to the international community) was that, yes, you can have an international inquiry,” Lalith Weeratunga said.

“That is not an issue, if that is what the Government wants. But then, all these people will have to be brought back to the judicial process. Won’t that upset the reconciliation we are going through? To have accountability and inquiry into 30 years of war and to also make sure there is reconciliation are two parallel tracks that will never meet. That’s the truth of it.”

Weeratunga added that the Presidential Commission’s inquiry into missing people was the first step towards addressing international concerns on accountability.

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