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Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that establishing the Office for Missing Persons is a significant achievement of the government.

Minister Mangala Samararweera says that it is a significant achievement by the present government to appoint a 7 member commission for the office on Missing Persons. It is by the government led by President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremasinghe that the OMP Act was passed in Parliament in 2016 and in February this year, the commission was geared to immediately start its investigations.

Issuing a statement Minister Samaraweera states that he has been committed to the struggle of the Missing since in 1980s. it was former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister Samaraweera who led the struggle to bring justice to the families of the missing persons by taking the important information in Sri Lanka in the 1980s to the UN HRC in Geneva. The Mothers Front Movement was formed in this endeavor and the co-conveners were Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mangala Samaraweera.

However, it is pathetic that Mr. Rajapaksa vociferously articulates to tear apart the initiatives that seek to alleviate the pain of innocent mothers in the country. The question of the missing is still remains high and the number of missing is rising each day. Self-serving policies and party politics have taken precedence over the suffering families of the missing over the past 30 years.
The discourse has been distorted and manipulated for political gain at the hands of power hungry individuals. The OMP does not aim to benefit only one community. It is merely a truth seeking mechanism. According to international Red cross 16,000 individuals have gone missing during the civil war. Of them, 5100 belong to the Armed forces. The OMP will seek justice for the missing disregarding ethnicity, religion or the geographical location. It will try to redress the families of the missing persons both in the North and South. It will bring dignity and prosperity for all. Establishing the OMP is a promise made by the coalition government in 2015.

Minister Samaraweera further stated that all citizens of the country should work together to make this endeavor to success and make justice for the victims without attempting to mislead the public to gain political mileage.