I cannot give any assurance on handing over the missing to relatives. I will do the maximum possible through this office. I apologize for the way the relatives of missing had been treated in the past, said the Commissioner of the Office for the Missing, Saliya Pieris, yesterday.
He had said so while meeting and having discussion with the relatives of the Missing yesterday in Mannar.
Elaborating further, he said that, this office is permanent. Commissioners will serve for 3 years. Within that period we will do what is possible. I was able to realize the distresses suffered by the relatives of the people made to disappear. These people offered their fullest cooperation amidst many disasters.
Answering questions of the media later he said, we are not operating here on basis of Race or Religion.
We are working on a basis that all are Sri Lankans. From the very start we are not operating on a narrow objective. Rules and regulations have been provided to us. We will act according to them. We will not act partially or looking at the religion. Several thousand people had gone missing from the year 1987 to 2009. Although, they are considered as a race, we look at it as a National Problem. We will act like this in the future, he said.