Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sri Lanka's east returns to normalcy: commission report

COLOMBO, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's once troubled Eastern Province has reached near normalcy with a drastic drop of disappearances of people and fewer security road blocks, a one-man commission reported here Tuesday

The retired judge Mahanama Thilakaratna, who heads a one-man commission of Inquiry to look into disappearances, abductions and murders, told reporters that rights violations in the Eastern Province had recorded a drop of around 90 to 95 percent this year compared with Jan-May period of 2008.

"Armed groups joining democracy, closer co-operation between such groups have contributed to this situation," Thilakaratna said. There is general public view that law stands above all things else, Thilakaratna said.

He said in Trincomalee district except for two road blocks, all others had been removed leading to near normalization.But in the Batticaloa district it had been difficult to remove the road blocks yet, Thilakaratna said.He said the general situation in the east had drastically improved since the provincial election of May last year.

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