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UN SG commends Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons

New York, 21 July, (Asiantribune.com):

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres commends the Government of Sri Lanka for establishing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP),” a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for the truth about their missing loved ones. “

“The United Nations stands ready to support this process and the Secretary-General is also looking forward to [the Office] becoming operational as soon as possible, starting with the appointment of independent commissioners,” said the Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq, In a statement.

Earlier yesterday, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he has signed the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Act.

“I signed the Office of Missing Persons Act today. This marks another step forward in Sri Lanka's path to sustained peace,” the President tweeted.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake at a news conference (20th)today said the President had signed the Act earlier in the day and that the Chairman of the Office would be chosen from the recommendations made by the Constitutional Council.

“The Office of Missing Persons will not only look at the civil war but also the periods of JVP insurrection,” he said. Karunanayake also stated the Office will come under the purview of the President himself and pointed out that it was just a step in the process of transitional justice followed by the government.

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
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