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His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation today, the 12th September 2017 signed the Gazette Notification to operationalize the Office on the Missing Persons. The Office of the Missing Persons (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of 2017 comes into implementation and operation with effect from 15th September as the President has placed his signature for the Gazette Notification which quotes as follows:-

“By virtue of the powers vested in me by Section 1 (2) of the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and Discharge of Functions) Act, No.14 of 2016 as amended by Act ,No.9 of 2017, I, Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation do by this order, appoint September 15,2017 to be the date on which the provisions of parts I, II, III, IV and V of the aforesaid Act shall come into operation.”.

Accordingly, the OMP will be established and its functions, duties, and mandate will come into operation with effect from 15th September.

This initiative comes one week immediately after the discussion the President had with the family members of the missing persons.

 

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