The commanders of the security forces have assured the Consultation Task Force (CTF) of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms that all stakeholders who participate in the consultation process would not be questioned or intimidated, Secretary of the CTF, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu said.
He added that the CTF had met with security forces commanders in both, Colombo and Jaffna, and had raised the concern regarding the practices of placing under surveillance and the questioning of stakeholders, stakeholder groups, interest groups, victims and citizens, who highlight questions concerning human rights at the consultation meetings, that have plagued such endeavours in these areas in the past.
They have assured us of cooperation, he remarked.
“Presently, the CTF is engaged in a lot of preparatory work. We are identifying a committee of experts to look into what type of questions the CTF needs to ask. Who will at the ground level, grassroots level, Provincial and District levels, represent and assist the CTF, in conducting the consultations? This is being looked into currently. The orientation of certain persons involved is also taking place. We hope to begin the consultations by the end of March,” he explained.
The 11 Member CTF has been tasked with the direction, design, creation, establishment and implementation of the country’s reconciliation mechanisms (like the Office of the Missing Persons, the Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission, the Judicial Mechanism, and the Office of Reparations) to achieve truth, justice, reparations and non-recurrence.