COLOMBO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan army has completed investigations into the final stages of the war against Tamil Tiger rebels and will hand over a report to the country's defence secretary, the army announced on Wednesday.
The investigations were carried out amidst claims by human rights groups that the army was involved in war crimes during the final stages of the war.
Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said the board appointed by the army to conduct the investigations has made some observations and recommendations for short, medium and long term implementation.
The board of inquiry was appointed after a government appointed war commission known as the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), in its final report, had made a number of recommendations with regard to the institutional, administrative and legislative measures that need to be taken in order to prevent any recurrence of terrorism and to promote national unity and reconciliation among all communities.
Based on those recommendations made by the LLRC, the commander of the army had appointed a Board of Officers to study the LLRC report and to identity areas that are relevant to the army.
The board of officers was also tasked to formulate a viable Action Plan to address the specific areas so identified, the army spokesman said.
He said that Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya will hand over the report submitted by the Board of Officers to the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday.
"The Board has at the very outset observed that most of the recommendations made by the LLRC such as resettlement of displaced persons, rehabilitation of ex-Tamil Tigers, disarming of militant groups, de-mining, have already been implemented," the army spokesman noted.
The Sri Lankan army defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 after 30 years of war.
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