President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a three-member committee to investigate the missing persons cases during the three-decade long war. Former Judge Maxwell Paranagama will head the commission. The other members being Director General of Census and Statistics Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and former Deputy Legal Draftsman and former member of the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka Manohari Ramanathan who also were were members of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
The Commission to Investigate Missing Persons has been given the authority to conduct inquiries and investigations necessary, and submit a report to the President within six months.
The President indicated that the inquiries are being conducted in the interest of public security and wellbeing and in order to determine what measures should be taken to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.
President Rajapaksa has also directed all public officers and other relevant persons to provide their full support and assistance to the Commission to carry out the work.