President meets family members of missing persons

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –President Maithripala Sirisena held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (16).

During this meeting, they presented their issues and demands to the President in detail.

President Sirisena said that he has a clear understanding regarding the issues faced by each community in this country, and said that the government including he himself is committed to provide solutions to those issues in a very open and fair manner.

The President expressing his views regarding the allegations made about some persons are being apprehended in government’s detention centers, said that there is no such secrete detention centers for the present government and no one is held in custody.

President Sirisena emphasized that his aim is to provide swift solutions for the issues faced by the family members of the missing persons.

The President instructed to submit a new application through District Secretaries to obtain complains of the family members of the missing persons, to collect their appeals as well as to collect their information. He also instructed to issue a Circular to all the District Secretaries stipulating to collect that information before 15th December.

The President further advised to review those gathered information through the Office of Missing Persons and the Missing Persons Commission.

The officials including the Secretary to the President, Austin Fernando and the Secretary to the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation Mr. Sivagnanasothy participated in this meeting.

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