The Consultation Task Force (CTF) of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms is scheduled to handover their report to the government by the end of the month.
The 11 Member CTF Chaired by Attorney-at-Law Manouri Muttetuwegama has been tasked with the direction, design, creation, establishment and implementation of the country’s reconciliation mechanisms such as the Office of the Missing Persons, the Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission, the Judicial Mechanism and the Office of Reparations.
Secretary of the CTF, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu said that there were no surprises with regard to what the people who had made submissions at the consultations desired.
“The people at the consultations see constitutional reforms as an essential prerequisite for reconciliation and a key confidence-building measure to create an enabling environment for reconciliation”, said Paikiasothy.
“There is the Office on Missing Persons Act. Now nominations would have to be invited for the said Office. Legislation pertaining to the Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission, the Judicial Mechanism and the Office of Reparations have not yet been prepared. The people want the truth to be established and acknowledged. They want accountability,” he explained.