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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Sri Lanka talks to UN over spate of abductions in Colombo

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 13 October, (Asiantribune.com): The Sri Lankan government has initiated discussions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the terms of references for the proposed Presidential Commission to investigate the series of abductions of Tamil civilians and businessmen, Parliamentarian and Western Peoples' Front Leader Mano Ganesan told the "Asian Tribune.""We have received reliable information that the government has begun discussions on the powers and scope of activities of the commission with the UNHCR representatives," Mano Ganesan, who also represents the civil monitoring committee, said."We have received reliable information that the government has begun discussions on the powers and scope of activities of the commission with the UNHCR representatives," Mano Ganesan, who also represents the civil monitoring committee, said.

"President Mahinda Rajapakse during a recent meeting promised us that he will appoint a special presidential commission comprising international experts to investigate the disappearances. We have received reliable information that the government has begun
discussions on the powers and scope of activities of the commission with the UNHCR representatives," Mr. Ganesan, who also represents the civil monitoring committee, said.

He noted that the committee will play no part in the presidential commission but would instead monitor the proposed commission.

"We were assured that a representative from Amnesty International and a single recommendation by the Co-Chairs will also be in the commission apart from the local representatives. We hope that the promise will be kept," he said.

Meanwhile, the first report by the Kotahena police on the arrest of a person behind the abductions who has also been linked to the Karuna faction is expected to be out soon.

Mr. Ganesan also noted that the abductions have created a grave situation in Colombo leading to many businessmen fleeing the country in fear of their lives, while many others are hoping to follow suit.

- Asian Tribune -

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