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'No tangible progress on key issues' - The Hindu

The Sri Lankan government has made "no tangible progress" on key issues such as establishing a "hybrid judicial mechanism with domestic and foreign judges and returning the military-occupied lands to Tamil civilians in the north and east," said The Hindu in an editorial written this week.

The editorial, entitled 'Elusive reconciliation', said "Colombo must do much more to address the concerns of the Tamil minority".

Noting that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report last week raised "serious concerns about the delay in addressing allegations of war crimes", The Hindu went on to add "this delay is alienating the government’s allies, eroding the faith of the public, especially war victims, and giving more time to the opposition to regroup itself".

"Issues such as continuing use of excessive force and arbitrary arrests suggest that the government is either not serious in changing the way the police system works or is incapable of doing so," it concluded. "The Sirisena-Wikremesinghe government should seize the moment and start addressing the core issues, keeping reconciliation and the future of Sri Lanka in mind."

See the full text of the editorial here.