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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - C.R. De Silva
A government-appointed commission looking into Sri Lanka's civil war began public hearings Wednesday amid international skepticism about its credibility as it has no mandate to investigate allegations that thousands of civilians died in the final months of the conflict.
Commission Chairman C.R. de Silva said in his opening remarks Wednesday that the time had come to "consolidate the military victory by addressing the root causes of the conflict and establish national integrity and reconciliation."