IIGEP ends observation role

[TamilNet, Monday, 31 March 2008, 07:30 GMT]
The International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) on Monday said its members cease their mandate to observe the work of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (CoI). The IIGEP will submit a concluding report to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and issue a final public statement before closing the office in Colombo on 30 April, 2008.

Full text of the press release issued by the IIGEP follows:

THE IIGEP ENDS ITS OBSERVATION ROLE

TODAY, 31 March 2008, the Members of the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons1 cease their mandate to observe the work of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry with a view to determining whether its proceedings are in accordance with internationally accepted norms and standards.

While the IIGEP’s observation activities will terminate today, other activities incident to the closing of the IIGEP’s office will continue until 30 April 2008. During this time, the IIGEP will also submit a concluding report to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka and issue a final public statement.


1 The IIGEP consists of the following 11 Eminent Persons: Justice P.N. Bhagwati (India) (Chairman), Judge Jean-Pierre Cot (France), Mr. Marzuki Darusman (Indonesia), Mr. Arthur E. “Gene” Dewey (USA), Prof. Cees Fasseur (Netherlands), Dr. Kamal Hossain (Bangladesh), Prof. Bruce Matthews (Canada), Mr. Andreas Mavrommatis (Cyprus), Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley (UK), Prof. Ivan Shearer (Australia) and Prof. Yozo Yokota (Japan).


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