Russia has welcomed the release of the LLRC report and the ‘great contribution’ it would make to reconciliation, ignoring widespread criticism of it.
A statement, released by Alexander Lukashevich, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, ignores the serious flaws in the report, highlighted by many human rights organisation and various governments.
Full text of statement:
“The final report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) has been revealed in Colombo. The Commission made serious work on all aspects of the longstanding conflict that had ended in Sri Lanka in 2009.
"We are confident that the results of its work will make a great contribution to the acceleration of national reconciliation process as well as to the strengthening of peace on the island.
"We highly appreciate efforts of the Sri Lankan Government in solving the post-conflict problems on the basis of state integrity, multinational consent and respect for the rights of all ethnic and religious groups of Sri Lanka.
"We are convinced in sincere concernment of the Sri Lanka Government in implementing the recommendations made by the LLRC.”
See Tamil Guardian editorial:
No more excuses, it is time to act (18 Dec 2011)