The Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has asked his secretary, Lalith Weeratunga, to appoint a commission to look into disappearances that have taken place over the 30 years of armed conflict, announced the President's media unit.
According to the President's spokesperson, Mohan Samaranayake, the terms of reference and members of the commission are yet to be appointed.
The media unit said: "The President who pioneered in his early political career the interests of disappeared persons is keen to appoint the new commission as he identifies with the plight of the kith and kin of the disappeared."
See this report by Amnesty International reflecting on 25 years of commissions by the Sri Lankan government: Sri Lanka: Twenty years of make-believe. Sri Lanka’s Commissions of Inquiry